However, apparently there's a clear rule in the CBA that players must make themselves available to talk to the media. I'm sure Lynch knew this. As with most things he's been fined for, Lynch doesn't seem to care. Marshawn is no stranger to fines, and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with ignorance of the rules. Beast Mode just doesn't give a damn. Add that attitude to an obvious discomfort with speaking in public, and he's going to get dinged.
As you may have also already heard, a group of fans have set up a fundraiser page in support of their favorite running back. Initially the page was set up by a well meaning fan to give the money raised to Marshawn to do with as he wished. It was a way for Seahawks fans to say "We've got your back, #24!" However, after much (warranted) criticism by others for raising so much money for a millionaire who chose to break the rules, it was decided that this money would go to either his favorite charity, or a charity in his name. Regardless, it's going to somebody who needs it and remains a way for fans to support Lynch's decision not to speak to the media. When I checked in on the site earlier today, it had raised a little over $2k after being set up yesterday.
Then Marshawn Lynch took note of his fans' support and agreed to match anything they raise and also donate it to a charity.
Upon last glance, the 12th Man created gofundme page has raised over $7,000 (and quickly counting - especially after that tweet.)
The NFL says player fine money goes to charity (though I'm not sure I trust that completely), so if they keep their end of the bargain, Marshawn Lynch's decision not to speak to the media is going to end up sending more than $64,000 to charitable foundations. I'd say Marshawn's silence is worth more than any amount of words he could give us.
What do you think? Are Seahawks fans stupid for setting up a gofundme page to show their support? Should Marshawn just suck it up and make himself available to talk to the media?