Barely a week goes by it seems without the NFL delving into the bank balance of Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and, rather than breaking with tradition, the league has been back for another $20,000 today.
As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Lynch's latest fine comes after the NFL deemed the running back performed an "obscene gesture" after scoring his touchdown in Seattle's comeback win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.
The gesture, which can be seen via this link, saw the former Buffalo Bills man grab his crotch as he celebrated the crucial TD.
Making him pay
With fines totalling well above the $100,000 mark this season - largely due to failure to see out media obligations - Lynch is no stranger to run ins with the NFL and, again according to Schefter, there could be yet more bad news for the player in the run up to the Super Bowl.
With Lynch again having opted out of mandatory locker room interviews following the NFC Championship game the NFL is planning on issuing their most severe fine yet.
In the spotlight
With Seattle heading for the media spotlight in the coming weeks ahead of their Super Bowl appearance Marshawn Lynch will be thrust in front of cameras and microphones on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Super Bowl week.
Should he opt out of taking part here then the fines will only escalate. Per the same report, NFL officials have revealed that "there would be increasing fines for each session Lynch misses" - all higher than $50,000.
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What with the fines, threats of ejection over cleats and media vilification, Marshawn Lynch's impressive season on the gridiron for the Seahawks hasn't been without controversy.
So much so that loyal Seattle fans recently set up a petition to urge the NFL to stop the "bullying" of Lynch. This latest twist in the ongoing saga is sure to add a few names to the proposal.
Some have argued Lynch brings the punishments on himself but the revelation that the NFL is planning on ramping up the pressure on the player certainly suggests they are playing hard ball when it comes to targeting the player.
Increasing the fines is a drastic measure indeed and certainly not one that bodes well for future reconciliation between Marshawn Lynch and the powers that be that control the game he loves.
What do you think NFL fans, and Seattle fans in particular? Have the NFL gone too far here,? Is increasingly the punishment the best method to get Lynch to cooperate, or are they holding him to ransom? Let us know in the comments section below...
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