Katy Perry Is Just Here So She Won’t Get Fined

Is this the new "no comment" now?

As we noted earlier this week, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took the concept of pleading the fifth to a whole new level at this year’s Super Bowl media day.

After Lynch was reportedly threatened with a $500,000 fine, he performed the media equivalent of a child lifting his toy truck over his head, placing it back in the middle of the living room floor, and telling mom, “There. I picked up my toys.”

Yesterday, Super Bowl halftime performer Katy Perry decided to “pull a Lynch” of her own. When asked whether she had her eye on any of the muscle-bound football players she’ll be entertaining this weekend, she amused the reporters in attendance with a quick “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”

In case you didn’t get the reference, here’s a mashup from Perry’s social media team.

This was a win for Perry, but the NFL isn’t laughing about Lynch’s actions.

Since they can’t actually fine him for not showing up at the press conference — he was, after all, physically present for nearly five whole minutes — they are seeking to nail him instead for a branding conflict. Since Lynch was wearing a BeastMode hat, a brand not approved by the league and in potential conflict with league partners, he could face a “significant” fine for the fashion violation.

“I see your contract technicality and raise you a branding technicality.” What would the PR industry do without you, confusing legal terms?

So is “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” the new “no comment?”

(We really hope not.)