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Marshawn Lynch: About The Action Not The Media Reaction

Marshawn Lynch is a dangerous man on the field and dangerous to reporters also (photo courtesy www.athlonsports.com)

The Super Bowl is on Sunday but everyone seems to be finding other things to talk about. Ironically, one of the biggest stories is about a man who refuses to even address questions asked of him in a serious way. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been having his issues with the media all season. He has been fined for avoiding the media $100,000 this year and ever since he has been giving memorable interviews with the media. Who can forget his interview where he said “I’m thankful” to every question answered? Well, this week he came to the media presser and had something new for everyone that was asking him questions. Instead of saying he was thankful, he told the media the honest truth : “ I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” Of course as soon as he did this media session and repeated the same phrase over and over again, many began to criticize him for how he answered and others have applauded him for his actions. But many don’t have any idea why or an inkling as to why he is the way he is when it comes to the media.

Many know Marshawn Lynch as the arguably the toughest running back in the NFL. His has had two runs that have made the ground shake literally in Seattle over his career, but many forget he was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills. When he was in Buffalo, he was still the tough running back that he is now, but there was some other issues that he had along the way. Lynch has had a few run-ins with the law along the way in his career. He was one of the posterboys of the NFL’s cleanup attempt when he was suspended for the firsr three games of the 2009 NFL season because he had a gun in his backpack in the car he occupied. That issue right there when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills showed him in a negative light and of course, the media went to town on him and what happened. Lynch did not shy away from the punishment. And even though he appealed it, he understood the punishment and realized that he loved the game too much to have it taken away from him for a bad decision. It is not known for sure, but it is believed that Lynch never forgot about how the media treated him when he did something that was deemed not good in the eyes of others including the media. And it could be because of that he responds to certain media sessions the way he does.

The interesting thing about Lynch is he answers things the way he wants to. He does not go by the beat of everyone else’s drum. And for those that do not like what he does with the media, they crucify him for it. But the thing that I wonder is how media can crucify Lynch for what he does while loving what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich does routinely when approached with questions during in-game interviews. For those that have not seen a Popovich interview, he answers questions with short responses with reporters, often offering little to any type of information or answer of any meaning. And when you see the responses to his interviews, people and media tend to laugh at it and fans are entertained by it. You hear not one person coming down on him at all. It’s interesting that he gets this type of response when he is essentially doing some of the same things that Lynch has done with the media this season. Of course Popovich does not gotten in any trouble off the court, but that does not mean he should get a pass or laugh for doing what he does while Lynch gets crucified by many.

Lynch does have a job with the NFL and that requires him to talk to the media, but he essentially has found a way to avoid the media talk while fulfilling the obligations they have set for all their players. Media hates this because he makes it very difficult to do your job when trying to get that one quote you need to add to your story. But Lynch does have a reason for what he does. Some may not like it, but he is going to be who he is regardless of what anyone thinks of him. And if media does not like what he does, he does not care. He is Marshawn Lynch and he is about the action, not the reaction from his talk.

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4 Comments

  1. Collin

    January 29, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    good article, however I believe the headline should read that he “couldn’t care less”.

  2. ASR

    January 29, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I like Marshawn but I do understand the logistics of why the NFL wants players to speak with the media but the fine they wish to levy on Lynch should be quantified because Brady wore LBJ baseball cap. Nike not LBJ is a recognized advertising partner, so is New Era not the Beast Mode insigna. The NFL seems to be selective as to how or whom they wish to punitively punish.

  3. Dori Longino

    January 29, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Anyone who thinks for one second that Marshawn Lynch doesn’t exploit every press conference for his own self promotion is niece!! He’s a PR genius! I don’t buy into the press treated him poorly when he did something STUPID nonsense!! He deserved the bad press because he did something bad! Suck it up! Every word or should I say lack of word’s is well thought out! Here we are again, another article written about him, another day talking about him!

  4. Jason

    January 30, 2015 at 3:51 am

    I just think he’s taken it to far.

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