RENTON, Wash. - Seahawks fans are helping to "feed the beast" after the NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $50,000. The league levied the fine after learning the star running back had refused to speak to the media during the regular season.
Outraged fans calling themselves 12th Man for Marshawn Lynch launched a fundraiser on the crowd-funding web site gofundme.com, asking other fans to help pay off Lynch's fine.
The effort has raised nearly $15,000 from more than 600 fans in one day.
Along with donations, fans are leaving comments on the site. Neal Laferriere writes, "Marshawn may not be the most media friendly player in the NFL, (but) he does give back to us as fans. He gives back to his hometown, his community. ... He supports kids."
Loren Summers writes, "I'm so proud to be part of this generous tribe. I hope that I get a chance to thank Marshawn in person for being such a huge inspiration to all of us who love him."
Jesse Faulkner framed the effort as a 1st Amendment issue, writing, "Marshawn shouldn't be forced to talk to manipulative media if he chooses not to. Freedom of speech equals freedom of silence."
Lynch makes $7 million a year, according to ESPN. The star back has acknowledged the fan effort on his Facebook page, writing, "Thank you to the 12s for tryin to help out. I will match the money raised and send it to a charity."
By the way, Lynch did break his media silence during the bye week, with mixed results.