Turns out Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch had motivation for briefly holding court with reporters Friday, his first session with the media this season. A league source confirmed an ESPN report that Lynch was fined $50,000 last week for not speaking to the media. NFL spokesman Randall Liu told USA Today that “until this past week, the league had been unaware that Lynch had not been speaking.” Standard NFL contracts require that players talk to the media, stating: “Player will cooperate with the news media, and will participate upon request in reasonable activities to promote the Club and the League.” – Seattle Times
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