by: Henry Rosoff Updated:
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 12th Man is raising money to pay a $50,000 fine Marshawn Lynch was hit with by the NFL.
Marcie Fletcher is one of the fans who donated money through an online site (http://www.gofundme.com/626xk0). As of Tuesday evening, more than 600 people had given more than $15,000.
“Some people call us idiots for giving money, but I don’t believe that,” Fletcher said. “The Seahawks give us so much during the year that we need to support our team and support our players.”
The league slapped the star running back with the fine for not talking to the media throughout the season and after practice, which all players are contractually required to do.
After the fine was issued Friday Lynch, who makes about $7.5 million a year, finally did one very uncomfortable press conference where he rocked back and forth the whole time.
Monday, Lynch tweeted a big thank you to the 12th Man for their donations, and promised to match their money in a gift to charity. However, many fans said they understand why he was fined see no reason to give Lynch a Beast-load of money.
“It’s his fine and I don’t see how it would impact him considering how much money he makes,” said one fan who was not inclined to donate.