The National Football League today confirmed that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been issued with a whopping $50,000 fine for failing to fulfil his media obligations this season.
Lynch had managed to maintain a media blackout for the entire regular season, but was finally called out for blanking the press by a report which claimed the Seahawks star violated the NFL's media policy, a claim which turned out to be vindicated.
After the matter was brought to their attention the NFL commission clearly agreed, with Lynch falling well short of the obligated two media meetings a week per player if requested.
Despite his silence going under the radar throughout the campaign Lynch was reprimanded and spoke to the media for the first time in six months on Friday, where he kept answers to a brief minimum as the Seahawks prepare to enter the playoffs this weekend as the NFC's top seed.
Seattle have home-field advantage for their play-off opener this weekend, when they take on the New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field on Saturday night.
The 27-year-old is likely to be crucial for Seattle in the post-season, after scoring 12 touchdowns in a regular season which also contained 1,257 rushing yards.