Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been criticized for the way he talks -- or doesn't talk -- to the media, a practice that recently cost him $100,000 in NFL fines.
On Tuesday, two of his teammates, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and cornerback Richard Sherman, took a turn at critiquing the league's policies in a mock news conference at the Seahawks facility.
"You know the other day, Marshawn Lynch got fined $100,000," Sherman said, via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. "Did you know that? They wouldn't have paid him $100,000 if he had talked. Doug, do you think they would have paid him?"
Baldwin, hiding behind a cardboard cutout of himself responded: "No, they sure would not."
The pair went on to name-drop several of their sponsors, which do pay the players, before getting in a few more digs at the league.
"It seems like we're in a league where they say: 'Players, you know, you don't endorse any alcohol. Please don't endorse alcohol; no DUIs please.' But yet, a beer sponsor is their biggest sponsor!" Sherman said. "Doug, how do you feel about that?"
Sherman and Baldwin then took aim at player-safety issues.
"Speaking of health, how do you feel about the NFL making me play two games in five days?" Baldwin asked.
Sherman, feigning surprise: "Oh my God! Jeez! I almost didn't realize that, because they've been talking about player safety so much. And it's like, two games in five days doesn't seem like you care about player safety. It's a little bit much for me."