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Marshawn Lynch won’t be fined for Super Bowl media appearances, hat choice

Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade

Super Bowl XLIX Media Day Fueled by Gatorade

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As you probably heard last week, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch only spoke to the media during Super Bowl week so he wouldn’t be fined by the NFL.

He executed that plan by repeating the same phrases -- “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” and “you know why I’m here” -- and a longer explanation that sent the same message. The only direct question he answered was one about where to get the “Beast Mode” hat from his own clothing line that he was wearing, a fashion choice that led to reports that he might be fined for wearing non-licensed apparel at a league event.

At his press conference last Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that no decision about a fine had been made yet but the league has reached it’s decision. NFL spokesman Michael Signora sent an email to PFT explaining that Lynch would not be fined for any reason.

“Marshawn Lynch complied with his obligation to attend all required media sessions at the Super Bowl. In addition, there is no basis for a fine for the hat he wore at the media sessions, which was made by and given to him by an NFL licensee, New Era, and was in team colors,” Signora wrote.

The hat issue was a new one, but Lynch has been a frequent target of league discipline the last couple of years for his off-field truculence. His adherence to the letter of the rules this time was enough for him to skate without punishment which suggests more of the same in the future barring a change in the league rules about how a player interacts with the media, something that seems like a difficult standard to maintain should a player have no interest in sharing what’s on their mind.