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Marshawn Lynch "embarrassed" to play in NFL after Matthews' gesture fine

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Marshawn Lynch is known for keeping his cards close to his chest - infamously shunning the media spotlight in favor of the silent treatment.

But one recent decision, concerning a Seattle Seahawks teammate, has led to the running back breaking his silence to express his "embarrassment" at playing in the NFL.

Costly celebration

With news filtering through last night that Seahawks special-teamer Chris Matthews had been fined for making an "obscene gesture" following Lynch's TD vs the Packers - even though video evidence suggests the celebration consisted of little more than a handshake - the RB took to his official Twitter account to share his thoughts on the matter.

It is interesting to see Lynch - who was also fined $20,000 after appearing to grab his crotch during the same celebration - appear to be more concerned for his Seahawks teammates than his own bank balance. With Matthews, a special team regular currently earning far from a standout NFL wage, now $11,025 out of pocket you can perhaps understand why.

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Subtle as a rock

Although Lynch is careful not to name the NFL specifically, he leaves little doubt as to who he is discussing when condemning "a particular organization." Unlike so many times this season however it is unlikely those in charge at the NFL will be able to punish the running back this time around after his subtle, but cutting, jibe against them.

After all they have been wanting him to open up for months now.

In the spotlight

With the NFL in the spotlight as they continue to investigate allegations that the New England Patriots deflated balls during their own Championship game last weekend the league's insistence on fining players for seemingly doing little wrong (in Matthews' case) continues to rile fans and players alike.

The ironic thing out of all of this is that the NFL presumably fined Matthews for fear that his "gesture" would offend those that saw it at the time. But handing out the harsh punishment has only served to bring attention to the incident when in all likelihood it had completely passed by the millions watching on TV.


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