Marshawn Lynch may face more fines for snubbing media, lewd gesture

Marshawn Lynch may face more fines for snubbing media, lewd gesture
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch heads to the end zone against the Green Bay Packers during the NFC Championship Playoffs at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (John G. Mabanglo / EPS)

The Seattle Seahawks controversial running back Marshawn Lynch had a huge game Sunday, helping his team beat the Green Bay Packers, and, for a second year in a row, advance to the Super Bowl.

He also appeared to make an inappropriate gesture while celebrating a touchdown, again, and refused to talk to the media, again. Odds are good that fines are -- once again -- coming his way.


Lynch, also known as "Beast Mode" for his relentless running style when he has the ball, has already been fined more than $100,000 this season for what the NFL determines as poor behavior.

It is no secret Lynch does not like speaking to the media, but recently he has played ball -- to a point. The last few weeks, Lynch has talked to reporters, but only given one word answers, such as "Yeah."

After the big win Sunday, he didn't even do that.

Media in the locker room after the huge home victory said the man who helped cement the win was nowhere to be found.

As far was the NFL media policy goes, that's a no-no. Players must make themselves available, whether they like it or not.

Lynch also appeared to make an obscene gesture while celebrating a touchdown Sunday. He was fined $11,050 by the NFL for making the same gesture during the team's December win over Arizona.

Lynch was not flagged in either game for the stunt.

Still, Lynch was off to a rocky start before Sunday's game even started. NFL brass reportedly said he would have been ejected from the game if he wore solid gold-painted cleats, which were made custom for him.

According to the shoe designer, Lynch was going to wear the cleats, which had real specs of gold in the paint and cost more than $1,000.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Los Angeles Times on Monday afternoon the league is still reviewing situations.

"We have made no decisions yet on potential discipline from the championship games," Aiello said in an email.

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