Seahawks' Lynch: I won appeal for $50,000 NFL fine

Seahawks' Lynch: I won appeal for $50,000 NFL fine
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes against St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Alec Ogletree (52) in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
SEATTLE -- Seahawks' running back Marshawn Lynch says he won't be owing the NFL a $50,000 fine for failing to speak to the media after all, but he's still hoping the ordeal will raise money for a good cause.

Soon after Lynch's fine was announced earlier this week, 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 had raised nearly $15,000 from more than 600 fans in one day and was over $17,000 on Thursday.

Lynch, who is making $7 million a year, had promised to match all funds raised and donate the whole amount to a local Seattle charity.

But even though the fine is no longer in play, Lynch will still match the funds.

"After the (GoFundme.com) deadline, even if $50k isn't met & all contributions are given back, I'll donate the matched total # anyway," Lynch wrote on his Facebook page. The deadline for reaching the $50,000 goal on GoFundMe is Jan. 19.