Seattle Seahawks

Wallet-recovery man Marshawn Lynch fined $100,000 by NFL for not talking to media — then does

He stayed outside in 10-degree wind chill to get treatment on an aching back while the rest of his Seattle Seahawks teammates were thawing in the toasty locker room at halftime.

He still romped for 124 yards — part of his 264 yards and four touchdowns rushing in the past two games — then strolled out of that Seahawks’ locker room following last weekend’s loss at Kansas City declining to talk to the media in there. Again.

Tuesday he thrilled students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School while visiting there with teammates — then made national headlines by finding a wallet at a Marysville-area gas station and returning it to the owner’s neighbor.

Wednesday he absorbed a $100,000 fine from the league for not talking to the media after the Chiefs game — then held a session at his locker like no other before practice. It was the first time he has spoken to the Seattle media since a brief chat moments after the Nov. 2 home victory over Oakland.

Just another four days in what for many is the intriguing life of Marshawn Lynch.

For the Seahawks’ unique star running back, his life is his own. And the indispensable key to Seattle’s offense and team doesn’t want anyone else inside it.

Tuesday, Lynch, teammate Ricardo Lockette and their driver had stopped to get gas while traveling to and from an appearance at Marysville-Pilchuck north of Everett.

“We started pumping gas and we looked down and it’s this wallet there,” Lockette said. “So we look in there and it’s a couple hundred dollars there — and his last name (on his driver’s license) happened to be Lynch.

“(Marshawn) was like, ‘This could be my cousin — but it doesn’t look like me.’ ”

Jason Lynch (no relation to the Seahawk) posted on his Facebook page that he lost his wallet while he was gawking at Marshawn Lynch at the gas station.

“When I got home about 10 minutes later my neighbor knocks on the door,” Jason Lynch wrote on his Facebook page. “She told me I would never guess who brought this (wallet) to her. I had no clue, but when she said Marshawn Lynch, I was shocked.

“My neighbor tried asking for a pic, but they politely refused, and their only concern is that I got my wallet back.”

National outlets jumped all over Lynch and Lockette returning the wallet. The Seahawks even brought Lockette, a fourth wide receiver and special-teams ace, in front of television cameras to talk about it.

“Just another deed well done,” coach Pete Carroll said with a wry grin.

Lynch scoffed at it all.

Prompted by teammate Michael Bennett in the locker room, Lynch shook his head over all the fuss “about me giving something back that belonged to him.

“It would have been a story if I’d kept (it),” Lynch said.

Bennett wanted to know why people don’t write that Lynch “gave all the turkeys away in his community, and he brought all these kids up here, for cancer (treatment) and all kinds of stuff like that.”

Lynch made the point he never talks about that.

And that’s his thing: He doesn’t want to bring attention to himself through the media, in any way.

“I don’t talk about nuttin’ ... but y’all still write,” Lynch said, his voice rising to the crowd of about 10 reporters that were around his locker before a sore back kept him out of Wednesday’s practice for Sunday’s mammoth game against first-place Arizona (9-1).

“Why you all crowding around me, though?”

That was the subplot to him talking — even minimally — Wednesday. The NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for not talking last weekend in the locker room at Arrowhead Stadium. (He did talk to friend and former Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson and Michael Silver, both of the league-owned television network, over the phone from the Seahawks’ bus to the airport). The league also fined Lynch the $50,000 it had been holding in abeyance from last season for not talking after another game.

The rest of the questions to Lynch — about five minutes worth on his health, the fines, his season — all got head-scratching answers that dealt with his gold-bottomed, blue-and-green Nike high-top spikes with Lynch’s number, name and “Town Bizness” printed into the sole inserts, or about how those spikes had heating pads in them in Kansas City. Or, about his signature music; the latest, “No Juice,” by Lil Boosie.

“Marshawn, do you think it was fair, the fine, $50,000?”

“My cleats, though,” Lynch answered. “They got Nike right here on them, on the side ...

“It’s nice as hell, though.”

That’s the same way offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell feels about having Lynch in his offense. Despite Lynch’s third different injury listed by the Seahawks in four practice days — calf last Wednesday, rib last Thursday and back this Wednesday — Bevell is counting on having Lynch as the centerpiece again Sunday to combat the Cardinals’ attacking defense.

In fact, Bevell made it sound as if he never wants No. 24 to leave.

Asked if he could imagine Seattle’s offense without Lynch, Bevell said: “I don’t even want to think about it.

“He’s so special to us. I mean he does great things in every phase of the game. In the run game, the runs that he can make. Whether it’s in the protections, how he takes care of the quarterback and sees things that other running backs don’t see. And then his ability as a receiver. I mean, he’s outstanding in terms of running routes and his ability to catch the ball.

“Then, again,” Bevell added, “once he has it in his hands he does amazing things with it.”

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