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(ESPN)   NFL fines loudmouth Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for all the things he's said to the media this season   (espn.go.com) divider line 62
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2014-01-05 03:35:57 PM
So the NFL is a tax-exempt nonprofit institution. At least that's what everyone keeps saying. When the league fines somebody, where does the money go?
 
2014-01-05 03:50:37 PM
How hard is it to mumble "we wanted to come out and execute our game plan" once a week?  I would also accept "we came to play", "we wanted to score early", and "we wanted to cut down on turnovers".
 
2014-01-05 03:55:23 PM
Or from another perspective, Marshawn just paid $50,000 not to have to deal with sports reporters for a whole year.  Sounds cheap at twice the price.
 
2014-01-05 03:58:32 PM
What's the minimum salary for active roster? Like 400k? I would gladly pay 50k to avoid that circus.
 
2014-01-05 04:00:59 PM
It's pretty well known around here that lynch doesn't talk much.

Sports writers just accept it. They've probably not even tried for the past 14 weeks.

Maybe he can contest that nobody ever approached him?
 
2014-01-05 04:03:41 PM

Rapmaster2000: How hard is it to mumble "we wanted to come out and execute our game plan" once a week?  I would also accept "we came to play", "we wanted to score early", and "we wanted to cut down on turnovers".


"we want to score more points than the other team"
 
2014-01-05 04:13:42 PM

GreenAdder: So the NFL is a tax-exempt nonprofit institution. At least that's what everyone keeps saying. When the league fines somebody, where does the money go?


Some to a retired player fund held by the NFL, some to charity.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/2010-10-29-110867 24 72_x.htm
 
2014-01-05 04:14:44 PM
To bad there isn't anything else going on in the NFL today that we could have a thread on.
 
2014-01-05 04:20:05 PM
Wow. Every Bill Belichick interview I've ever seen is him mumbling one liners and quickly exiting the podium as quickly as possible and no one has given him any grief.
 
2014-01-05 04:29:05 PM
So question.. When was this rule put in place? When Shannan was in Denver his O-Line never talked to the media.
 
2014-01-05 04:43:34 PM
Marshawn is probably the coolest athlete I have ever met. He is pretty well-known for being pretty accessible, playing basketball with college students, and then randomly paying for said students' bar tab.

His Oakland crew is one scary bunch though.
 
2014-01-05 04:44:10 PM
Can't Sherman speak for him on his behalf? That guy talks enough for two or three players, at least.
 
2014-01-05 04:52:16 PM

Ishkur: Can't Sherman speak for him on his behalf? That guy talks enough for two or three players, at least.


I'd be amused if Lynch would go to the press conferences with Sherman and every time he gets asked a question, Lynch would just nod at Sherman or fake whisper something in his ear and then Sherman would just say whatever he wants as "his" answer.
 
2014-01-05 04:58:31 PM

VTGremlin: Ishkur: Can't Sherman speak for him on his behalf? That guy talks enough for two or three players, at least.

I'd be amused if Lynch would go to the press conferences with Sherman and every time he gets asked a question, Lynch would just nod at Sherman or fake whisper something in his ear and then Sherman would just say whatever he wants as "his" answer.


That would be funny.
 
2014-01-05 05:07:42 PM

Bane of Broone: What's the minimum salary for active roster? Like 400k? I would gladly pay 50k to avoid that circus.


Until you figured out that 50k would be 1/2 to 1/3 of your actual take home.  Then you'd be in front of the mics saying anything to keep it.
 
2014-01-05 05:19:38 PM

JorgiX: Marshawn is probably the coolest athlete I have ever met. He is pretty well-known for being pretty accessible, playing basketball with college students, and then randomly paying for said students' bar tab.

His Oakland crew is one scary bunch though.


And that is exactly why he doesn't talk to the media.

He could bust out for 220 yards and three TDs, save the Queen from certain death, and cure cancer.

Media:  Why are you so gangsta?
 
2014-01-05 05:22:30 PM

irgunner: Wow. Every Bill Belichick interview I've ever seen is him mumbling one liners and quickly exiting the podium as quickly as possible and no one has given him any grief.


Belichick actually is known to provide some pretty in depth stuff in response to inisghtful questions when the mood strikes him.  He just doesn't suffer the "Derp - Talk about da run game" questions very well.  Here's a very recent press conference where he talked about a lot of interesting things in great detail.

http://www.patriots.com/news/article-1/Bill-Belichick-Press-Conferen c e -Transcript/7557e981-a985-4c15-94f2-bacb3fa8b551
 
2014-01-05 05:28:16 PM
He should be able to deduct that fine as a qualified business expense (subject to the 2% of his AGI threshold) -- it's not a fine levied for breaking the law. The IRS defines a business expense as one that's "both ordinary and necessary. An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business."
 
2014-01-05 05:29:37 PM
obligatory:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2uN28EJRlA

/i don't know which I like better
//the ambiance
///or the decor
 
2014-01-05 05:30:50 PM
Good. Maybe he will think next time before he speaks.
 
2014-01-05 05:31:26 PM
I'd like to see more players take this approach. It'd cut down on much farkery.
 
2014-01-05 05:37:01 PM
Marshawn should learn sign language and then see if the league fines him. I can just hear the discriminatory outrage -- ya know, in a hand-gesture sort of way.
 
2014-01-05 05:39:07 PM

Badmoodman: Marshawn should learn sign language and then see if the league fines him. I can just hear the discriminatory outrage -- ya know, in a hand-gesture sort of way.


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2014-01-05 05:47:23 PM
Guessing he doesn't care. Personally, I think answering stupid questions is part of the business. But if he doesn't mind paying 50k not to deal with that part of his job, good for him.
 
2014-01-05 06:10:02 PM
So, how many $ per word is that?
 
2014-01-05 06:10:50 PM
How come there isn't a Wild Card game thread?
 
2014-01-05 06:12:25 PM
There are players who do not have the articulate enunciation of Shannon Sharpe, and might be embarrassed at having to talk to the media, who might exploit that issue.
 
2014-01-05 06:16:09 PM

Badmoodman: Marshawn should learn sign language and then see if the league fines him. I can just hear the discriminatory outrage -- ya know, in a hand-gesture sort of way.


One of the 'Hawks FBs (Coleman) is deaf; seems like a perfect time to learn.

js34603: Guessing he doesn't care. Personally, I think answering stupid questions is part of the business. But if he doesn't mind paying 50k not to deal with that part of his job, good for him.


It actually only costs money if a reporter complains. No one complained all season. Now that we're to the playoffs, someone complained.
 
2014-01-05 06:30:12 PM

IAmRight: Badmoodman: Marshawn should learn sign language and then see if the league fines him. I can just hear the discriminatory outrage -- ya know, in a hand-gesture sort of way.

One of the 'Hawks FBs (Coleman) is deaf; seems like a perfect time to learn.

js34603: Guessing he doesn't care. Personally, I think answering stupid questions is part of the business. But if he doesn't mind paying 50k not to deal with that part of his job, good for him.

It actually only costs money if a reporter complains. No one complained all season. Now that we're to the playoffs, someone complained.


If that's the case... and for $50K... Lynch should at least get to punch the complainer.
 
2014-01-05 06:34:04 PM

jankyboy: Lynch should at least get to punch the complainer.


"It's for charity, b*tch."
 
2014-01-05 07:05:03 PM
Lynch is pretty selfless giver, he does a lot of charity work with few words to accompany them.

I bet he feels $50k to charity is a price worth paying to not have to talk to farking reporters for a whole season.
 
2014-01-05 07:08:41 PM
Let's see, the new "safety first" NFL will fine a player $20K for a helmet to helmet hit but $50K if you don't talk? Sounds about right.

I do love his press conference after being fined. Here is the transcript of all 1 minute 35 seconds:

How are you? "Smooth."

How you feeling? "Smooth."

Thoughts on how the season has gone? "It's going pretty well."

Does the week off help you guys? "Yeah, rest helps."

What does this break do for the team? "Just refresh your body."

Thoughts on the going to playoffs? "I feel good. I like our chances."

How did the running game improve last week? "It was just all of us coming together, playing the game."

What's this week like not knowing your opponent? "We just took the approach, with not knowing, of playing against ourselves this week. Just giving that kind of effort against the best defense."

What do you learn in a week with no game-planning? "When you get to practice against the best, it brings the best out of you."

Last time you played a home playoff game, you had a 67-yard touchdown run. Anything memorable in store for next weekend?

"I just hope to win, boss."

Lynch then added, "Thank you, I appreciate it," before exiting.


I do enjoy him calling the reporter "boss".

However, I agree with the NFL, the real crime is keeping the answers to life's most perplexing questions like these to his self. Now that he's forced to talk, the world will finally get the answer to free and renewing energy, endless food supply for the planet, pollution control, peace int the middle east, the cure of...well...of EVERYTHING!

We should all take a minute to re-read his interview so we can fully understand why this is a $50K interview and how it can only better our lives.
 
2014-01-05 07:13:43 PM
BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAST

It's OK, the NFL needed the money.
 
2014-01-05 07:37:16 PM
 
2014-01-05 07:54:26 PM
$10 says it was that whiney biatch Harbaugh calling it in as an "anonymous reporter".
 
2014-01-05 08:01:27 PM
I wake up to the beginning of the Bob and Tom Show every morning and the only thing I hate about it is that they're constantly playing clips from player and coach interviews. Nothing worthwhile is ever said so I think it's just some time filler so everybody on the show has a few more seconds to get ready.
 
2014-01-05 08:03:10 PM
I'm pretty sure that's money well spent, for Marshawn.
I wouldn't want to talk to those clowns either.
 
2014-01-05 08:08:26 PM
The NFL only pulls BS like this because of how cheap they are. It's the only way any money goes to charity at all.
 
2014-01-05 09:17:40 PM
I'm ok with fining Running Backs Wide Receivers for not talking to reporters at some point during the season.

Barring that, as much as I despise Bill Belichick and the way he conducts himself as a human being, I have to say I'd handle the media vultures the same way: Grunted, meaningless one liners when you lose, colorful poetry when you win.  Nothing you say in a presser is going to do any good after a loss.
 
2014-01-05 09:51:33 PM

isthisme: ...However, I agree with the NFL, the real crime is keeping the answers to life's most perplexing questions like these to his self. Now that he's forced to talk, the world will finally get the answer to free and renewing energy, endless food supply for the planet, pollution control, peace int the middle east, the cure of...well...of EVERYTHING!

We should all take a minute to re-read his interview so we can fully understand why this is a $50K interview and how it can only better our lives.


You forgot all his wisdom that will lead to a great many people achieving Nirvana.  Truly, he is a orator for the ages.

/seriously, he must follow the wisdom of "Tis better to keep your mouth shut and though of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt."
 
2014-01-05 11:00:11 PM

He should've just killed someone on the field. Much cheaper.

 
2014-01-05 11:32:53 PM
He should just answer every question by quoting Airplane lines.

For example:

*question* what went through your head when you broke that 60 yard run in the third quarter?

*answer* BEAST MODE SAY THAT THE WHITE ZONE IS FOR IMMEDIATE LOADING AND UNLOADING ONLY
 
2014-01-06 01:18:35 AM

Representative of the unwashed masses: He should just answer every question by quoting Airplane lines.

For example:

*question* what went through your head when you broke that 60 yard run in the third quarter?

*answer* BEAST MODE SAY THAT THE WHITE ZONE IS FOR IMMEDIATE LOADING AND UNLOADING ONLY


If I ever have to give an interview I don't want to give, this is going to be my strategy.  Had he done this, I don't think anyone would have picked up on it anyway.
 
2014-01-06 01:32:38 AM
"Marshawn.......how do you feel about your performance today?"

"Stop freakin', call Beacon."

/Seattle Farkers will get it.
 
2014-01-06 01:33:33 AM

irgunner: Wow. Every Bill Belichick interview I've ever seen is him mumbling one liners and quickly exiting the podium as quickly as possible and no one has given him any grief.



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2014-01-06 01:35:02 AM

etoof: $10 says it was that whiney biatch Harbaugh calling it in as an "anonymous reporter".



I LOL'd.
 
2014-01-06 02:20:52 AM

Omnivorous: So, how many $ per word is that?


Quit trying to divide by zero.
 
2014-01-06 02:28:04 AM
If only RGm3 would follow suit.
 
2014-01-06 03:01:46 AM

The_Sponge: "Marshawn.......how do you feel about your performance today?"

"Stop freakin', call Beacon."

/Seattle Farkers will get it.


Okay, this made me laugh, especially considering the money he made from that ad probably paid the fine.
 
2014-01-06 03:42:13 AM

Elvis Presleys Death Throne: I'm ok with fining Running Backs Wide Receivers for not talking to reporters at some point during the season.

Barring that, as much as I despise Bill Belichick and the way he conducts himself as a human being, I have to say I'd handle the media vultures the same way: Grunted, meaningless one liners when you lose, colorful poetry when you win.  Nothing you say in a presser is going to do any good after a loss.


You have totally discribed a person who isn't Bill Belichick. He is the same win or lose. You sound like a fan of a team who has lost to the pats. It's been so many it's hard to pick.
 
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