01-30-15: MacEwen bill would require NFL fines against Washington athletes to go to local charities (audio)
Jan. 30, 2015
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MacEwen bill would require NFL fines against Washington athletes to go to local charities
Legislator: Rep. Drew MacEwen
Date Recorded: Jan. 29, 2015
Run Time: 82 seconds (1 minute 22 seconds)
SUGGESTED LEAD: As the fines and threat of fines against Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch add up days before the Super Bowl game against the Patriots, one state lawmaker wants the NFL to give that money to local charities. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.
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Sattgast: He’s one of the most penalized players in the NFL, paying some one-hundred thousand dollars for not speaking with the media. This week, Marshawn Lynch came to the player’s Super Bowl news conference, but said only this repeatedly:
Lynch: “I’m here so I won’t get fined. I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”
Sattgast: State Representative Drew MacEwen, an avid sports fan from Union, thinks the NFL is going overboard. So he’s introduced legislation that would require the league to direct proceeds of fines levied against pro-athletes who work in Washington state to be distributed to charitable organizations across the state.
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MacEwen: “I’m just taking a shot at it. You know, I was thinking the hypocrisy of the NFL with the fines that they’ve levied and threatened against Marshawn Lynch. And I’m not saying that Marshawn Lynch is totally innocent. You know, I mean, he’s got contractual obligations. The heavy-handed tactics that they’ve taken with him and you look at the domestic abuse and the violence of other NFL players. And what they are doing to Marshawn Lynch I just find atrocious.”
Sattgast: The 35th District lawmaker says House Bill 1877 would not take away the league’s ability to discipline. It simply would shift fines back to charitable organizations that provide critical services for children, victims of domestic violence, veterans and others in Washington state.
MacEwen believes the measure would encourage fair assessments of fines against Washington state’s NFL players, like the Beast Mode Lynch, while helping local communities.
Lynch: “I’m thankful.”
John Sattgast – Go Hawks — Olympia.
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