If you’re only here so you don’t get fined, don’t say that, or you may get fined.
Lynch answered every one of the sports journalists’ questions with “I’m only here so I don’t get fined,” which functioned as both a spoof of the league’s self-seriousness and a comment on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s avoidance of the media.
In the patent application Lynch sought to own the phrase for all manner of apparel, from caps to t-shirts to fleeces. Lynch has a history of turning his catchphrases into revenue-generating opportunities; he trademarked “Beast Mode” in 2008 and even sought to trademark previous obfuscatory answers from his press briefings. All in all a good racket, though nowhere near as good as owning an NFL team.
UPDATE: 07:53 p.m.: The headline of this post has been corrected. An earlier version said he was applying for a patent. He is actually applying to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for a trademark.
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[h/t Seattle Times]
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