The NFL and Marshawn Lynch have reached a settlement of a fine for not talking to the media following the NFC Championship game and the league expects Lynch to comply with media access rules this season.
It had been expected that Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch would have a hearing with the NFL Thursday morning to appeal a $75,000 fine for not talking to the media after the NFC Championship game last January.
Instead, there was no hearing with the two sides reaching a settlement and the NFL expecting that Lynch will comply with the league’s media access rules.
The NFL clarified this morning that under the terms of the agreement Lynch will “make himself available to reporters now. If he doesn’t, he pays the fine.” In essence, players are expected to be available once a week and then after games.
Lynch has not been regularly available to the media for a few years, but has complied — in his own, unique manner — at big events, such as Super Bowl media day.
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The NFL decided that Lynch had fulfilled media requirements at the Super Bowl.
It had not been known until this week, however, that the fine for not being available after the win over the Packers in Seattle had been levied but not resolved.
Pro Football Talk reported earlier in the week that Lynch planned to appeal that fine.
But the hearing was waived off after the settlement.
Now to see what this means going forward.