NFL fines Lynch for crotch grab
The Seahawks running back got an $11,050 fine from the league on Christmas Day.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — The NFL didn’t enjoy the end to Marshawn Lynch’s 79-yard touchdown run against Arizona Sunday night as much as Seahawks fans did.
Instead, the league fined Lynch $11,050 for his “obscene gesture” following his backward dive into the end zone.
According to NFL.com, the league decided that the dive — which included grabbing his crotch — constituted unsportsmanlike conduct.
Lynch performed a similar move in 2011 after his 67-yard touchdown run against the Saints in the playoffs. He was not fined after that run.
But as Pro Football Talk noted, New England cornerback Logan Ryan was fined $10,000 for a similar gesture last season.
The NFL also announced at its league meetings in March that it planned to crack down on unsportsmanlike conduct on the field. And in the offseason, the league produced an 11-minute video for players that explained the points of emphasis, which included unsportsmanlike conduct. An NFL.com story detailing the video noted that it “points out that the NFL will have ‘zero tolerance’ for unsportsmanlike conduct.’’
Lynch didn’t talk about his run following the Arizona game. But in a 2013 interview with ESPN, he said his move at the end of the run against the Saints “was the stamp. The statement. … you’ve got to finish it off somehow.’’
Lynch was also fined $100,000 earlier this year for not complying with the NFL’s stance on media cooperation — a $50,000 fine from last year that had been stayed was reinstated, plus $50,000 more for continued non-compliance. Lynch appealed that fine, though a decision has not been announced.
Carroll on Lynch’s pregame ritual
Lynch sat out the first quarter of the Arizona game with a stomach issue, one of several times this season he has dealt with stomach pain before games.
Asked this week about it, Carroll said Lynch has played through stomach pains “more than a couple’’ of times this season. “There’s been a handful of times where he can’t get quite right at the start of the game,’’ Carroll said. “It’s something you can’t perfectly time— it happens when it happens. We recognize he’s got a little ritual to get ready and sometimes it doesn’t line up just right.’’
No worries about Hauschka
Kicker Steven Hauschka was 29 for 32 on field goals this season before missing all three of his attempts Sunday against Arizona — from 52, 50 and 47 yards. But Carroll said he has no concerns about Hauschka.
“No, he’s good,’’ Carroll said this week. “That’s as big of a fluke as you could imagine. He’s kicked great for us for years, we’ve counted on him and he’s always come through.’’
• The Seahawks did not practice on Thursday to take the day off for Christmas, having practiced instead on Tuesday, their usual day off. They will practice as usual on Friday.