Posted January 29, 2014

Another day, another bizarre Marshawn Lynch press conference cut short

NFC West, Seattle Seahawks, Super Bowl XLVIII
Once again, Marshawn Lynch looked very out of sorts during the Super Bowl media circus.

Once again, Marshawn Lynch looked very out of sorts during the Super Bowl media circus. (Doug Farrar/SI)

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Well … we tried, America.

For the second straight day, the Seattle Seahawks trotted running back Marshawn Lynch out into the media scrum — this time at the Westin Jersey City for a standard team availability event as opposed to the Prudential Center for Media Day — and for the second straight day, Lynch lasted about six minutes before leaving. This time Lynch was in a third-floor conference-room hallway, with best friend and roommate Michael Robinson by his side. Robinson’s presence was supposed to make Lynch feel at ease, but it didn’t really work — he was off-kilter from the start, answering questions like “How do you define Beast Mode” with taciturn responses.

“I really don’t have too much to say, boss. I really don’t,” Lynch said when asked about the media attention that has surrounded him lately. “I appreciate it, but I don’t get it. I’m just here so I won’t get fined, boss. That’s the only reason I’m here.”

So, the Seattle media tried to have some fun with what was rapidly turning into a disaster. Liz Mathews, from ESPN Radio in Seattle, and I started asking Robinson questions we would have asked Lynch, and Robinson played right along — responding as Marshawn would, and ending everything with “boss,” as Lynch likes to do.

“I’m gonna slide up in this thing right here and break the monotony a little bit,” Robinson said with a smile when he took over the press conference. “Marshawn ain’t trying to say nothing to you guys, OK? So, you can direct your questions to me.”

One reporter wanted to know how Lynch felt about the day’s events.

“He just talked about that,” Robinson responded. “He just wants to play ball.”

I then asked Robinson how he would define Beast Mode. Because, why the heck not?

“It’s a lifestyle, boss.”

Robinson was then asked how Lynch feels about Skittles.

“He loves them, boss.”

I then wanted to know if there was any specific sociological reasoning behind Lynch’s now famous quote, ‘It’s just ’bout dat action, boss.’”

“It’s ’bout ‘dat action. Boss,” Robinson opined.

An international reporter then asked Robinson about football for women. No one was sure if this question was meant for Robinson or Lynch, but Robinson took it.

“Football for women? You must be talking about soccer. You European? Oh, OK. You must be talking about … are you talking about pigskin? I like my wife. And I like football.”

Another reporter asked Lynch if he just considered paying the $50,000 fine he received earlier in January from the NFL for his reticence in front of reporters.

“I’m here … boss,” Lynch said with a slightly incredulous smile.

Lynch was then asked about cornerback Richard Sherman’s vow that he would teach Lynch to be more expressive with the media.

“No, boss,” Robinson cut in.

Mr. Lynch has left the building... or, that is to say, he's just about to.

Mr. Lynch has left the building … or, that is to say, he’s just about to. (Doug Farrar/SI)

After a few more questions surrounding the fact that he doesn’t like to talk with the media, Lynch took a picture of Robinson, welcomed fellow running back Robert Turbin to the table, listened while Robinson told Turbin about how all the backs were going to answer questions on his behalf, grabbed his stuff from under the table and left … by climbing over a chair.

Clearly, he couldn’t wait to get out of there, even more than he couldn’t wait to get out of Media Day on Tuesday.

92 comments
bugeater90
bugeater90

what a snooty self serving bunch of hack jobs trying to make it sound like there is something wrong with the guy. Maybe if 90% of the SB media day questions weren't completely ridiculous and off topic it would be worth doing. Leave the guy alone. 

SedanChair
SedanChair

It's funny how reporters will complain about Lynch being quiet, even as that aspect of his personality gives them something to report on. Richard Sherman gives eloquent and insightful interviews and he's labeled as arrogant (OK, he is kind of arrogant). Lynch grudgingly gives taciturn responses and he's somehow also arrogant. Russell Wilson is the consummate professional, giving polite responses and is incidentally incredibly boring to listen to.


Lynch's introverted personality provides the media with plenty of column inches, so maybe they should shut up and do their jobs and let Lynch do his.

tlm773458
tlm773458

I am still truly amazed at all this BS about him NOT wanting to talk with the media.  For probably one of the few times in the history of professional sports in any league you have a humble individual who is not good but GREAT and he DOESN'T TOOT HIS OWN HORN CONSTANTLY.  Yet there is something wrong with him just wanting to do what he is paid to do and do it well.  Granted his profession demands the attention but give is a rest already.

NathanM
NathanM

Boy oh boy is this article wrong! Lynch was fine til the league hit him with the 50K fine, BECAUSE writers complained, starting this "war". Yes, the fine was rescinded, but again, a larger 100K fine is threatened. Read the posts! 90% don't care and most of the others are 'Hawk haters. Yes, he's a celebrity but writers are worse then the paparazzi! LEAVE THE MAN ALONE!

Mike26
Mike26

 Poor little Marshawn CHOSE to pursue a profession in which PROMOTION is a major part of making his salary what it is today.  If he fails to live up to his contractual obligations that allow him a lavish lifestyle (compared to other heavy laborers) then he should and will face consequences - mostly financial pinpricks.  No one should be surprised by any of this from Lynch:  he had character issues in college, he had character issues in Buffalo (which is why Seattle got him dirt cheap) and now his arrogance is causing him to be both ridiculed/cheered for his "stand" against talking to media.  He is clearly earning points on both sides of the aisle.


  I have no sympathy for these players, nor do I have sympathy for all these "poor" reporters that are "working" on an expenses-paid trip to the top individual sporting event in the world = a trip many others would gladly take the place of and do the "work" without whining.  I don't read much of Farrar's stuff because he's either whining about the difficulty of his job or writing stories with ridiculously arrogant overtones tones towards people/events that he either never met, never competed in or probably ever attended.  I wish they would just have a SILENT week the 5 days leading up to the game and then do another media blitz on Friday/Saturday long after the players are "locked in" for the game on Sunday and unavailable to the public.  But like I said above - the NFL is the #1 professional sport because of years of promotion, and it ain't gonna stop anytime soon - I can just choose to ignore most of it.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Have you seen all the dumb columns (and TV shows) leading up to this Super Bowl?  Lynch and every other player who takes the game seriously SHOULD opt out of the media circus.  Get better writers and the players will show them more respect.

evangelio
evangelio

That a boy Lynch!  Screw the media, who are they to demand anything from you?

Didn't we just spend half the season about "bullying" in the NFL, looks like the media is just as guilty by harassing till they get what they want.  Don't give it to them Marshawn!


JoshFinn
JoshFinn

"News Media" asking stupid questions deserve to be walked out on.  Just play the damn game week after NFC/AFC championship games and don't give press passes to any "News Media" reporter who hasn't been covering the NFL regularly all season.  Leave Lynch alone.

brandon0206
brandon0206

On the one hand, some of the questions these media guys ask are just dumb. But Lynch makes millions of dollars mainly because of the TV money the NFL makes, and all the players have a responsibility to feed the media machine that keeps them paid. If he doesn't want to do interviews, McDonald's is always hiring. If he wants to make millions, then talking to the press is one of his job responsibilities. 

MTGriz54
MTGriz54

Lynch doesnt like to talk, Seattle fans understand and dont care. The only thing this is about now is the media being so arrogant that they think he should be punished for not answering their questions to the length they want

therednorth1
therednorth1

What kind of response was the media expecting to "How do you define Beast Mode?"

davedsone1
davedsone1

Leave the guy alone.  Everyone can't be a media whiz and he is clearly uncomfortable.  He's a football player, not a spokesperson.  This is stupid.

MrArlington
MrArlington

Lynch continues to piss on his fans who want to know what a star of the team is thinking before the big game. I truly think his refusal to talk to the media is more of a "you can't tell me what to do" type of thing.

FOOLKILLER
FOOLKILLER

Marshawn Lynch is a certified rtard.

somemorebaltimore
somemorebaltimore

The crown belongs to the team of the Emerald City


the great and powerful Seahawks


(pay no attention to the man behind the microphone)

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

Yeah Marshawn- stick it to the man!

unitcaptain11
unitcaptain11

"Robinson was then asked how Lynch feels about Skittles.

“He loves them, boss.”"

I saw the video, and no, that is not what Robinson said.  It was more like:  He loves his power pellets before the game. Boss.

 

If a reporter cant record what was actually said he shouldn't present it as a verbatim quote.

swededawg52
swededawg52

By the way, being assigned to a jail the word "BOSS" has a special meaning from the inmates to the correction officers.  It is an insult.  Not saying anything about it being used in the interview but......

tfaw
tfaw

the media are dirtbags, but on the other hand they are selling to us.  we feed the dirtbags.  

pk_sea
pk_sea

The media is just trying to get in his craw because they really really want peyton manning to win. 

RAR
RAR

Leave the guy alone. He's a superb football player -- what else do you need?

Davos1
Davos1

Isn't this bullying by the media and NFL?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I really am stunned at the arrogance of the comment, " Well … we tried, America." Mr. Farrar, are you truly so full of you own self importance that you actually think any of us care what a recalcitrant football player has to say to reporters, who as a group, ask ignorant, time wasting questions? You have 100 or so players that will be happy to talk. And you, in service to your country of course, harasses one who doesn't want to talk. Because we are all dying to know how much a grown man likes Skittles. It is embarrassing. I wonder if you are capable of being ashamed of yourself, because you should be

rh2000
rh2000

Hey I agree with leaving him alone, and he should have to do the interview crap.  


However, whats with the boss crap!  Grow up!


leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@brandon0206  


"If he doesn't want to do interviews, McDonald's is always hiring."


This is possibly the single stupidest line out of all the comments here, and that takes some doing.  


As if the Seahawks front-office gives half an ounce of sh*t how Lynch interviews.  They could not care less how many fines he gets in that area; so long as he keeps tearing up opposing D-lines, Seattle and any other NFL team will happily keep throwing millions at Lynch.


Your opinion and attitude about this is bad, and you should feel bad.

MTGriz54
MTGriz54

He talked to the media. He just doesnt do it well. You know what he does really well? Play football. He showed up, answered questions.....media requirement over.

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

@MrArlington

Seems you have opinions (usually critical) on virtually everything and are under the delusion that others care what they are. Compassion and empathy don't seem to be your strengths.

AmyBeegood
AmyBeegood

@MrArlington As a huge fan of Seattle and Lynch, don't put yourself out that I feel I've been "pissed on."  I'm pretty sure I speak for the majority of the 12th Man. Any child could see that Lynch was extremely uncomfortable in front of the cameras, which made me hate the media and the league all the more for forcing him to do something he is clearly not okay with. His skills and what he brings to the team are enough to help get us to the Superbowl...which I'm pretty sure is making the NFL plenty of money without the extra interviews.

T.Bragg
T.Bragg

@MrArlington You do not speak for "his fans". I'm part of the 12th man and we love his actions on the field and off. Go find someone who enjoys the media spotlight to interview. 


Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Why, because he wont play ball with the pack of hounds that are the media that at any point can misquote something you say to be used as a leading story on Sportscenter or other media outlet. This isnt something that just started with him. He has behaved this way. He is an introvert and apparently isnt comfortable speaking let the man be. It doesnt make him retarded like your simple minded self but rather a stronger individual who talks with his play and talent and not his mouth.

dei1c3
dei1c3

@Rickapolis Yep...the full statement could have been "Well, we tried, America,... to harrass a guy who clearly doesn't want to talk to us."

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@rh2000 Maybe you should grow up.  Maybe you should give Lynch more credit.


How do you know the 'boss' thing isn't a cleverly subtle dig at a room full of white men demanding that a black man cooperate with their self-important -- and yet, objectively speaking, totally trivial -- journalism?


I'd be doing something similar, in Lynch's case.  It's ridiculous how sports-journalists act like it's some sort of inherent crime against humanity when a sports star doesn't play along with the unspoken rule that they should, effectively, prostitute themselves to the media and be at their beck and call.


A *true* fan of the sport should be indifferent to these silly media days. 

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

@rh2000 

your forefathers didnt have a problem when they used the term Master.. so why should the word Boss bother you...  i am sure if you were breing called Boss... there wouldn't be a problem....  the world has many cultures, as much as you want everyone to act white its not going to happen anytime soon Boss! ... so maybe you are the one that needs to grow up! and be more accepting of others for who they are....

brandon0206
brandon0206

@MTGriz54 How is barely trying, then leaving after a few minutes fulfilling his media requirement? Part of getting paid millions is dealing with the media. If he doesn't want to fulfill his job requirements, then he should find another way to earn a living. He gets paid what he does because of the media rights money the league earns. If he doesn't understand that, he's even dumber than he sounds. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

@SteveWiley@MrArlingtonYou may be right. It is possible that he is so socially inept that he can't have a simple Q and A with the media. I doubt this though. He is a NFL veteran and does commercials and promotional appearances in Seattle all the time.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@brandon0206 @MTGriz54  


"Part of getting paid millions is dealing with the media."


Actually, no, it isn't.  I'm certain there isn't even a single word in his contract regarding media interviews.


The league requires Lynch to attend media interviews, and the league will fine him if he doesn't comply.  Beyond the fines, there are no repercussions for Lynch or any other player, and the Seahawks could not care less.  Why would they?  They gain nothing from Lynch doing interviews.  Nothing whatsoever.

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@MrArlington@SteveWiley Social anxiety can have very specific triggers for some people. They can be outgoing and loquacious at times then shy and reserved in certain social encounters. I don't know if this is Lynch's problem but it's possible. MrArlington you seem to have little sympathy for people who don't adhere to your expectations.

nortran11
nortran11

@John4@MrArlington I think it's pretty obvious this guy has some anxiety about talking in public. Watch his hands under the table. He is constantly fidgeting and doing things with his hands to keep himself from losing it...he just gets up and climbs over chairs to get out of there. That's not a choice, that's a fight of flight response.

John4
John4

@MrArlington Mr Arlington - why not stop being such a tool?  You don't understand the anxiety Lynch obviously has in front of the media, and you are just making yourself look like a schmuck.  Was that your intent?  Clearly, it seems as if it is.