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Marshawn Lynch wants to know, why all the fuss over him returning the guy's wallet?

Another session at Marshawn Lynch's locker like no other before practice today.

It was the first time he's spoken to the Seattle media since a brief session moments after the Nov. 2 home win over Oakland.

This Facebook-generated story  from last night about a lost wallet in the Marysville area, where Lynch and Seahawks teammate Ricardo Lockette had stopped to get gas while traveling from an appearance at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, is gaining momentum in typical internet- and social-media-fed fashion. National outlets have jumped all over Lynch and Lockette returning the wallet to a neighbor of the man who owns it.

The Seahawks even brought Lockette, a fourth wide receiver and special-team ace, in front of television cameras to talk about it.

Lynch scoffed at it.

Prompted by teammate Michael Bennett, Lynch shook his head and had a heightened tone in his voice about all the fuss "about me giving something back that belonged to him. It would have been a story if I'd kept the ($@#@)."

He used two other, two-syllable, more, um, colorful words instead of "wallet" -- which is why I can't post the audio I have on it.

Well, I could -- but I'd no longer have a job.

Bennett wanted to know why people don't write about "he gave all the turkeys away in his community and he brought all these kids up here, for cancer and all kinds of stuff like that."

Lynch made the point he never talks about that. And that's his point: he doesn't want to bring attention to himself through the media, in anyway.

"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 here in Renton.

"Why you all crowding around me, though?"

That was the subplot to him talking -- even minimally -- today. The NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for leaving the visitors' locker room without talking to the media Sunday following the Seahawks' loss at Kansas City (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 when it fined him last season for not talking following a game.

When my colleague Dave Boling asked Lynch about coach Pete Carroll explaining his star running back stayed on the sidelines during halftime at Kansas City in a 10-degree wind chill instead of coming into the locker room to get treatment on his sore lower back, Lynch asked back: "What did he talk about?  What did he say? Y'all going to give me the word-for-word on what he said? I'm interested in y'all's take on it. I know you want to hear what I want to say, but I want to hear what you want to say.

"What do you feel about it?"

Lynch turned to locker neighbor and tight end Cooper Helfet and asked him what he thought.

"I thought it was a good idea," Helfet said.

"Coop thought it was a good idea," Lynch announced.

From there, the rest of the questions to Lynch, about five minutes worth of questions about his back or his knee or his health or the fines, all got answers about Lynch's gold-bottomed, blue-and-green Nike high-top spikes with Lynch's number and name and "Town Bizness" printed into the sole inserts and how those had heating pads stuck in them last weekend in Kansas City. Oh, that and his music.

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

"My cleats, though. They got Nike right here on them, on the side ..." Lynch said.

"It's nice as hell, though."