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

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, 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 ( 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.