Legislation was introduced this week to do just that.
“You all know why I’m here,” Lynch said Wednesday at a Super Bowl media event.
He’s also known as Money Lynch, but lately he’s been handing over cash to the NFL. Lynch has been fined twice — for a total of $100,000 — for not appearing at media sessions.
A the Super Bowl, fines could have reached $200,000, according to published reports.
“I’m only here so I don’t get fined,” Lynch said Tuesday at Media Day.
Everyone’s talking about Beast Mode, even Governor Jay Inslee. When asked how he picked the score for the Seahawks to win 27-20 Inslee said, “Look, all I can say is I’m here because I don’t want to get fined.”
State Representative Drew MacEwen (R-Union) said he came up with the idea this week that If the NFL is going to hand out fines, they should make them go to local charities relating to the NFL’s issues surrounding domestic violence.
“Women and children’s shelters would be fantastic. Food banks certainly. Ideally, let the player that’s been fined, let him choose it and as long as it’s in Washington state I think we’re good with that,” MacEwen said.
Lynch already has his own charity, “Fam 1st Family Foundation” in his home town of Oakland, California helping youth. The bill would have him select charities in Washington.
MacEwen admits there’s little chance of the bill getting all the way to the governor’s office and it may not even be enforceable with the NFL. He just wants to raise the issue.
“This is just to send a message that, ‘Hey, come on NFL, let’s look at where the real issues are and address those,” said MacEwen.
The bill has not yet been given a hearing date.