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Marshawn Lynch made an obscene gesture on Monday Night Football, a move that drew two FCC complaints on Tuesday.
Last week, TMZ published videos of Lynch flipping the bird during the Seahawks-Steelers game.
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The FCC says it received two complaints regarding Monday night’s blowout, “up six percent from last week.”
“The lewd gesture has caused particular indignation, warranting our enforcement action,” wrote FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
One of the complaints came from an Alaskan woman. The other came from a 78-year-old retired telecom executive in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Pai says the FCC’s enforcement actions include violations of indecency statutes, which involve broadcast “mislabeling,” meaning that a person broadcast is not actually an entity the broadcaster intended to offer to the public.
Here’s what the FCC has said in the past about indecent broadcast communications.
In their article discussing Lynch’s obscene gesture, the Huffington Post notes he was fined $6,892 in 2014 for the same gesture.
The kicker? The NFL fined him again in September 2015 for a nonguaranteed $21,000 fine.
Reflecting on the fines, Lynch told ESPN:
“I wasn’t like ‘Wow, this is crazy.’ It’s silly, man. Whatever. Nah, I do what I do. It is what it is. I’ll be back on the field. I’ll be ready to go next week. I’m going to be tough to tackle, man. That’s the only thing I’m worried about. And my body is going to take care of itself. It’s been saying that since I’ve been in the league.”