GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS SF) — Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, who has been fined for avoiding the NFL’s press availability requirements, fulfilled his commitment at the Super Bowl media day Tuesday by repeating the same answer to the throng of reporters at his podium.
ESPN reported the league had threatened the Oakland native with a $500,000 fine if he did not appear for his time slot at media day.READ MORE: San José School District Secures Vaccine for Entire Workforce
On Tuesday, Lynch strode to the podium with his name as about 200 reporters waited, and announced he would give the same answer to any question asked of him.
Lynch repeated “I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” to 29 different questions – sometimes with a slight variation – over the course of about five minutes. He then announced, “time,” stood up and walked away.READ MORE: Golden Gate Fields Races to Make Up for Missed Vaccine Appointments
Lynch normally shuns reporters despite the requirement in NFL contracts that players make themselves available to members of the media. He was fined $100,000 for skipping media requirements in 2014, and in other instances he has answered reporter questions by repeating the same phrase, such as “thank you for asking.”MORE NEWS: Study Shows Stockton Universal Basic Income Experiment Led to Increased Employment