Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch has added incentive (if any were required) to win this weekend after the NFL reportedly turned down his appeal against a recent fine.
Lynch will be hoping to boost his bank balance with a win bonus as the Seahawks take on the Carolina Panthers in the playoffs on Saturday night after it emerged that the league has upheld the $100,000 fine handed down to the player after he failed to complete his media obligations after a game vs the Chiefs in November.
The oft-maligned RB opted not to speak to the media after that game, thus breaking a player mandate keenly enforced by the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter revealed the league's decision.
Lynch's relationship with the media has grown increasingly strained in recent years and it remained a hot topic throughout the 2014 season. In the wake of being handed such a huge fine the player has, in recent weeks, opted for a rather unique interview technique to avoid further financial repercussions - answering questions with monosyllabic responses or simply the world 'Yeah."
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Talking on the field
While Marshawn Lynch may like to keep a low profile off the gridiron his performances on it in 2014 have again got people talking.
Dispelling fears of burnout the stud running back rushed for 1,306 yards (the 2nd most of his career) and recored a career high 17 overall touchdowns as the Seattle Seahawks once again revolved much of their offense around his imposing frame.
Having clocked a full weeks worth of practice for the first time this campaign this past week the Seahawks faithful will once again be hoping Beastmode can make the headlines on the field when the reigning Super Bowl champs welcome the Carolina Panthers to CenturyLink Field tomorrow evening.
The media may like to paint a picture of a bruising football player unwilling to go out of his way for people but several recent stories concerning Lynch suggest his dislike for the limelight (and subsequent fines) contrast to his character away from the cameras.
Seattle Seahawks star Richard Sherman this week spoke fondly of Lynch, giving an insight into the man who goes above and beyond at charity events and his own football camps.
""He's got the biggest heart in the world. Nobody knows it, which is frustrating to us," explained Sherman.
Head coach Pete Carroll weighed in on the subject too.
"He's telling you a lot. He's a very private person, but an extraordinarily engaging guy when he's in comfortable settings. He's dedicated to helping others and later in life wants to continue helping kids. He's extraordinarily loyal. His teammates love and admire him for making the stands he does."