Marshawn Lynch’s agent outraged NFL hasn’t rescinded $100,000 fine against client
Running back Marshawn Lynch is being fined for failing to adhere to the NFL’s media policy.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Marshawn Lynch’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, called it “literally outrageous’’ that a $100,000 fine has been imposed against the Seattle running back for failing to adhere to the NFL’s media policy.
It was revealed Thursday that an appeal Lynch had filed to have the fine rescinded had been denied.
The fine includes the renewal of a $50,000 fine imposed last year that was suspended on the condition Lynch talk to the media, and an additional $50,000 for not talking this season. The fine was levied in November.
Hendrickson, in a phone interview with The Seattle Times, said there is no further appeal available and Lynch will have to pay the fine.
Hendrickson did not say whether Lynch would now begin talking to the media, but his comments indicated no softening in Lynch’s current stance.
“It is very disheartening,’’ Hendrickson said of the fine and the denial of an appeal.
“When a player wants to do his talking on the field and doesn’t want to speak, I think it’s rare. I think it’s refreshing. And I think it’s kind of appalling that the league is going out of their way to impose a $100,000 fine when they have their own business to take care of in-house and they are worried about this. I think it is literally outrageous.’’
The NFL’s media policy states players must be available to the media at least once during the week of practice and in the locker room following all the games.
Lynch met with the media a few times after games this season, but typically hasn’t answered questions in a conventional manner. After a victory at Arizona, for instance, he answered most questions with “thanks for asking.’’ Those appearances apparently didn’t sway the NFL.
It’ll be a game-time decision for Moeaki
The only real injury intrigue for the Seahawks heading into the divisional playoff game Saturday against Carolina is the status of reserve tight end Tony Moeaki. Moeaki has not practiced the past two days after suffering what coach Pete Carroll on Thursday called a “very slight strain’’ of his calf.
Carroll said Moeaki would be a game-time decision.
Carroll, however, said tight end Cooper Helfet is “ready to go’’ after missing the season finale with rib injuries and can provide depth behind starter Luke Willson.
As expected, the team Thursday officially declared backup safety Jeron Johnson out after he suffered a dislocated elbow against the Rams.
Seattle earlier in the week placed defensive tackle Jordan Hill on injured reserve with a calf injury.
The rest of the 53-man active roster participated in practice Thursday and should be available Saturday.