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Skittles shoes cost Marshawn Lynch 10K

Marshawn Lynch

Seattle Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch wears shoes with candy “Skittles” on the sides in the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. The 49ers won 19-17. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


Marshawn Lynch’s love of Skittles paid off in the form of free candy earlier this season, but now it is costing him some cash.

Lynch wore cleats with a Skittles pattern for last Sunday’s game against the 49ers, which likely made the candy makers very happy. It wasn’t as warmly received by the folks at the league office, though. A league spokesman confirmed to Brian McIntyre that the running back was fined $10,000 for wearing the shoes in violation of the league’s uniform policy.

We imagine he’ll wind up making that back when the inevitable Skittles commercial featuring Lynch drops. If that doesn’t materialize, the contract he’s in line to get as unrestricted free agent off a big year that includes the only rushing touchdown and 100-yard rushing game against the 49ers all year should cover the shortfall.

Two of Lynch’s teammates were also slapped with fines this week. Cornerback Richard Sherman owes the league $15,000 for a horse collar tackle and linebacker Adrian Moten needs to cough up $7,500 for a late hit on 49ers kick returner Kyle Williams.