The Seahawks arrived in Arizona on Sunday afternoon to begin on-site preparations for Super Bowl XLIX.
And no player was under a hotter spotlight from the NFL than running back Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch has been fined $131,050 by the league in the past few months for three separate offenses – twice for grabbing his crotch after touchdowns and also for not cooperating with the media.
And the NFL has sent signals the past few days that it intends to crack down even more on Lynch in both areas throughout Super Bowl week.
It was reported by ESPN on Saturday the NFL has let the Seahawks know the team could be penalized 15 yards, on top of any fines Lynch might receive later, if he grabs his crotch in the Super Bowl.
Lynch was fined $11,050 after grabbing his crotch following a touchdown against Arizona and then $20,000 for a similar move after scoring in Sunday’s NFC championship win over the Packers.
Lynch was also fined $100,000 by the league in November for continued noncompliance with the NFL’s media policy. Lynch appealed the fine but it was recently revealed that the NFL denied the appeal.
Sources have indicated Lynch could be subject to even greater fines if he does not fulfill required media obligations during Super Bowl week.
All players are required to attend the official media day Tuesday as well as media availabilities Wednesday and Thursday.
Sources have said Lynch - who was not available to the media after the NFC Championship Game – has been made aware of the possibility of stiffer fines.
Lynch attended required media sessions at the Super Bowl a year ago.
The NFL media policy mandates that players must be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room after all games.
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