Some Seattle Seahawks fans are so upset that the NFL has fined running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for not talking to the media this season, they are volunteering to raise money to pay the fine themselves.
NFL rules reportedly state that players must make themselves available to reporters at least twice a week during the season. Lynch briefly spoke to reporters last Friday, but that was apparently it for 2013.
When word of the fine came out, many of Seahawks faithful were livid and let their thoughts be read on Facebook.
“This is by far the stupidest thing I have ever heard,” wrote Karley Kincaid.
“Seriously! Fined 50,000 for not talking to media. If more players would refuse to talk to media. lol This is a joke!” wrote Matt Gonzales.
“I think everyone going to the game sat should donate a dollar to the ‘lynch doesn't have to talk to the media fund’. 12's got your back,” wrote Melissa Dauenhauer.
Someone agreed. A fan named Loren Summers has started a gofundme.com page titled “12th Man for Marshawn Lynch” with a goal of raising the $50,000 to pay “Beastmode’s” fine.
"Does Marshawn need this money? No. But I think it would be a good time to let Marshawn know, that we don't need his interviews or his thoughts to appreciate the amazing talent he is, and the contribution he makes to our team," wrote Summers.
As of Monday morning, fans raised $815.
Summers says it's an "all or nothing" campaign, so if the $50,000 goal isn't reached, nobody will be charged.
According to sportrac.com, Lynch is in the second year of a 4-year, $30 million contract which includes $17 million guaranteed.