Super Bowl Media Day: Seahawks' Lynch faces $100K fine for not participating

Jan 28, 10:24 AM

The players have yet to take the floor to field questions at Super Bowl Media Day in Newark, N.J., so the first big question of the day remains unanswered: will Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch show up and answer questions?

Lynch, who dodged the media all season and recently came under fire by those at the NFL's head offices for doing so, has plenty of reasons to play along.

Lynch hasn't explained his aversion for the media, but it's believed he feels he is frequently misquoted or misinterpreted. He also has a reputation as a very shy person.

The Seahawks know this, and they're doing their best to assist their star running back through a week where more attention will be focused on him than during any other in his life.

Assuming Lynch shows up and answers questions Tuesday, the story will become how much detail he offers in those answers. The NFL likely won't appreciate it if every response is a terse "yes" or "no." By offering one-word answers, Lynch could unwittingly focus even more attention on himself as the week rolls on.

Jan 28, 3:14 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: PHOTO - Richard Sherman shows what it's like on the other side of the lens

Jan 28, 3:14 PM

To the surprise of nobody, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was a popular guy during his team's portion of Media Day Tuesday. Media members from all over the country staked out a spot in front of Sherman's podium, hoping to get a good shot of the polarizing player.

After he was done speaking, Sherman posted a photo from his point of view on Twitter. It's enough to make even the most confident public speaker feel butterflies in his or her stomach.

Jan 28, 2:02 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: Marshawn Lynch reportedly will not be fined for quick exit

Jan 28, 2:02 PM

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch fielded questions from reporters for only six minutes at Media Day Tuesday, but he will not be fined by the league for failing to meet minimum participation requirements, NFL Vice President of Communications Brian McCarthy announced via NFL Network.

Lynch, who avoiding talking to the media all season and was threatened with a $100,000 fine for not speaking Tuesday, sought refuge near a back wall after answering only a few queries. Apparently, he answered enough to satisfy the people running the league.

NFL Network's Deion Sanders found Lynch trying to hide behind a wall and got him to open up a bit about why he doesn't like speaking publicly.

Jan 28, 1:48 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: VIDEO - Richard Sherman handles bizarre question with ease

Jan 28, 1:48 PM

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was the first player on his team to take the floor for questioning at Media Day. After the attention his interview in the aftermath of the NFC Championship Game garnered, Sherman knows he's the talk of the football world, and he's ready to deal with the ramifications of being the center of attention -- and even embrace it.

Sherman was at ease answering questions about his brash personality Tuesday, often making an attempt to praise his teammates and deflect some of the attention from himself.

Even when faced with a bizarre question -- are professional athletes the reason women become strippers? -- Sherman didn't miss a beat in delivering a thoughtful answer.

Sherman could have simply chosen not to comment on the question, but he turned it around and spoke about how women and children who grow up in less fortunate circumstances should never place limits on what they believe they can achieve.

Jan 28, 1:07 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: Marshawn Lynch's Media Day lasted about five minutes

Jan 28, 1:07 PM

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch showed up and answered questions at Media Day Thursday, but he sure didn't stick around for long.

NFL Network's Deion Sanders later found Lynch hiding in an area inaccessible to most of the media. Lynch answered a few questions from Sanders (and dropped a little profanity on live television), saying he prefers minding his own business to taking the podium.

The NFL reportedly threatened Lynch with a $100,000 fine for not speaking to the media Tuesday. It's unclear how the league will feel about his early exit.

Lynch will be required to make himself available to the media Wednesday and Thursday, so this story isn't going away any time soon.

Jan 28, 1:03 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: VIDEO - Russell Wilson says longer hair is good luck

Jan 28, 1:03 PM

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's curly hair is somehow a story in the week leading up to the Super Bowl, proving that even the tiniest, most boring minutiae gets picked apart when the entire football world is focused on a single game.

At Media Day Tuesday, Wilson said he decided to grow his hair out because he recalled a time as a teenager he allowed his hair to grow for a football season and won a championship. Wilson said his now-deceased father also grew his hair that year.

Jan 28, 12:08 PM

Super Bowl Media Day: Marshawn Lynch plans to answer questions, avoid fine

Jan 28, 12:08 PM

The biggest question at Media Day Tuesday won't be asked to one of the players in Sunday's Super Bowl; it will be answered as soon as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch appears (or doesn't) for the Seahawks' portion of the session.

Lynch chose not to answer questions from the media all season, drawing the ire of those at the NFL's head offices. There are rumors he plans to skip Media Day. 

If Lynch doesn't answer questions Tuesday, he faces a $100,000 fine.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, Lynch plans to keep that cash.

Now that we know Lynch plans to answer questions, attention will turn to how much he says. We could be in for a lot of one-word responses.

Jan 28, 11:43 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: PHOTO -Seahawks WR Tate looks like a cyborg

Jan 28, 11:43 AM

Members of the Seattle Seahawks will have hundreds of cameras pointed at them at Media Day Tuesday, but wide receiver Golden Tate will point a few back at the media.

For reasons that aren't entirely clear, Tate is wearing Google Glass, a GoPro camera and carrying around a point-and-shoot, too, as he heads over on the team bus to be interviewed. Maybe he wants a permanent record of all the dumb questions he's about to be asked.

Jan 28, 11:26 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: Peyton Manning doesn't want to talk about his legacy

Jan 28, 11:26 AM

If the Denver Broncos prevail over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, the attention of the football world will turn to the future of quarterback Peyton Manning. 

A second Super Bowl title has evaded the player many consider to be the NFL's greatest passer ever, and, at age 37 (38 in March), Manning could decide to step away from the game on top of the mountain.

Asked at Media Day Tuesday about whether a second ring would cement his legacy, Manning refused to take the bait.

"I thought you had to be like 70 to have a legacy," Manning added. "I’m not 100 percent sure what the word even means."

Manning's far too clever to add to the pressure on his shoulders by making bold statements about a legacy game. It's clear in his demeanor he understands what joining the elite fraternity of starting quarterbacks who've won multiple Super Bowls would mean, but he won't say a word about it until it happens.

Jan 28, 11:04 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: PHOTO - 'Pot Roast' wears a championship belt

Jan 28, 11:04 AM

Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton has to win one more football game before he gets to hoist a trophy and earn a ring, but that didn't stop him from rocking a lot of gold at Media Day Tuesday.

The player famously known as "Pot Roast" wore a UFC championship belt over his shoulder as he fielded questions from the media.

At 335 pounds, Knighton would compete as a Super Heavyweight if he ever makes the move to mixed martial arts.

Jan 28, 10:52 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: No, Peyton Manning won't be on 'SNL' before the Super Bowl

Jan 28, 10:52 AM

It took mere minutes before the first dumb question was asked at Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday. It took mere seconds before the second and third dumb questions were asked.

A reporter kicked off the stupidity by asking Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning if he'll make an appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend -- the night before the Super Bowl.

No, Manning answered, he won't be. He'll be a little busy that night.

That same reporter then followed up by asking Manning who his favorite "Real Housewife" is, and then quizzing him on how many years ago Janet Jackson's famous "wardrobe malfunction" took place (it was ten years ago).

Manning handled things with patience and class. This isn't his first Media Day. 

Jan 28, 10:46 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: Broncos' Rodgers-Cromartie backs off retirement talk

Jan 28, 10:46 AM

Denver Broncos cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie made headlines this week when he suggested he would consider retiring from football if the Broncos win the Super Bowl. At just 27 years old and coming off a season that was arguably his best as a pro -- and weeks away from hitting unrestricted free agency -- the declaration was very surprising.

At Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday, Rodgers-Cromartie backtracked in a big way.

Rodgers-Cromartie probably spoke to his (very angry) agent and got an earful about giving away all his leverage in contract negotiations. Barring a catastrophic performance in the Super Bowl, Rodgers-Cromartie is in for a very big payday in free agency.

Assuming, of course, he decides to play another year.

Jan 28, 9:44 AM

Super Bowl Media Day: Let the insanity begin

Jan 28, 9:44 AM

Before entering the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., Tuesday morning for the NFL's annual Super Bowl Media Day, journalists were treated to a reminder that this event is atypical in almost every way.

Inside the event, things only get weirder, as "legitimate" journalists who've followed the league all season mix with reporters from around the globe (some of whom aim to be the story of the day themselves).

And then there's this guy:

The players have yet to make an appearance, so the circus is only just beginning.