Teammates expect one-word Media Day answers from Marshawn Lynch

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has said he’s thinking about not showing up for Media Day.  Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Lynch’s teammates think Beast Mode won’t be a no-show.

Per Werder, other Seahawks think that Lynch will keep his answers short, possibly to only one word.

As Werder explains it, Lynch thinks he has been misquoted and misrepresented by the media, which makes him want to cooperate on a limited basis.

Regardless of whether Lynch’s perception meshes with reality, periodic media cooperation comes with the NFL lifestyle that pays Lynch so handsomely.  If he fails to show up on Tuesday, or if he decides eventually during the one-hour session to clam up, he could be paying the NFL handsomely, to the tune of $100,000.

67 responses to “Teammates expect one-word Media Day answers from Marshawn Lynch

  1. A little into himself isn’t he? Doesn’t he know when you sign a NFL contract, your in the public view and are asked about successes? So either he is into himself or don’t understand his profession. I guess class doesn’t count if you a Seahawk.

  2. $100,000.00 is a bar tab to these guys,you stick a mic in front of them 2 seconds after a game like that what do you expect them to say? He should have dropped a couple F-Bombs please stop with the holier-then thou BS.

  3. In keeping with his pithy self, when asked at media day if the vikqueens best represented everything wrong with the NFL, Lynch replied with an emphatic, “yes!”

  4. He lets his play on the field do his talking. Sorry he doesn’t see value in having you media vultures twist his words up. I commend him actually for not talking with you. This is coming from someone who is not a Seahawks fan.

  5. So he’s supposed to go and take questions from the media for a whole hour? No one should have to endure that kind of torture.

  6. I wish all players would take this approach. A lot of us aren’t interested in anything any of them have to say.

  7. Lynch: Bill, you’ve been giving dry non-expressive two word answers to the press for years. How do you deal with them hating you for it?

    Belichick: Well… I can’t really comment on that. We just try and go out there and make plays with the players that we have. Right now we’re just focused on Pittsburgh next week.

  8. The media, in many cases, has been evil. I know, not all of them are like that, but many of them are in attempt to create a story when there is no story. One analyst said when commenting on the fan who got Carmello to curse him out that because of that some player is not going to visit a children’s hospital and view fans as a necessary evil, well that same thing can be said about the media. All fans, like all media are not mean spirited or have bad intentions, but so many are that players avoid them whenever possible, even at the risk of a huge fine. The sad thing is talking to the media is mandated by the league and he will likely get fined for 1 word answers like he would have if he’d just skipped the whole thing.

    I understand. I do. I once got cursed out by Albert Belle for saying, “Hey Joey” after he’d ignored my first 10 “Hey Albert” calls when he was in the on deck circle of Cleveland Stadium (true story).

    The NFL forces the players to open up to the media, but when a player complains about being misquoted there is nothing done. What is a player to do when forced to enter into what is often times an abusive relationship? I see nothing wrong with what he is doing. There are far too many players who don’t mind speaking to the media, why all of this agony over one who would rather not be bothered and acts resentful as many people do when they are forced to do things?

  9. Media day is for the media. Contrary to what some people think, the game would still happen without it. Players shouldn’t be forced to talk to the media if they don’t want to. All the milk, toast answers get old anyway.

  10. So judging by ignorant fan comments, Sherman is too emotional and Lynch is too quiet. And you all wonder why every athlete gives token canned answers. You get what you deserve.

  11. Wow, it’s amazing and encouraging to hear all of the hate for the Seahawks out there. It’s weird to be relevant enough that people hate the Seahawks out of spite alone. Aside from that, I don’t blame Lynch for wanting to avoid the media. Sports media is the equivalent of TMZ, do anything they can to twist words and create drama. It’s suffocating for me as a fan, I can’t even imagine being a player and being constantly hounded by microphones and agendas.

  12. You know what’s funny? I bet $5 he’s doing media when he retires. Half the guys who hate talking to the media or lash out against them end up working for them after their careers are over ie Bart Scott and Randy Moss.

  13. Good, it is refreshing to find players that aren’t catering to the media’s every demands.

    The NFL has been more about the media over the last few years, than it has been about the actual game.

  14. the league like any business has certain expectations that they want met. If an employee doesn’t want to cooperate then he should simply get another job. Eventually when he grows up he will realize that in every profession their are people you work with who you don’t get along with and their are company policy’s that don’t seem right… but you need to go along with the flow and make things work… I think a pacifier should be attached to his chin strap!

  15. “Regardless of whether Lynch’s perception meshes with reality, periodic media cooperation comes with the NFL lifestyle that pays Lynch so handsomely. If he fails to show up on Tuesday, or if he decides eventually during the one-hour session to clam up, he could be paying the NFL handsomely, to the tune of $100,000.”

    Yeah, why on earth would he have a bad impression of the media…

  16. Finally landed that Skittles endorsement. About time they pay the man for all the free advertising he gave them.

  17. Coming from a Bills fan, this all started with the terrible Bills “reporters.” The way they always treated him (and most other players) I don’t blame him for hating the media

  18. Marshawn plays football. He’s obviously not the smartest guy in the world. He knows the media is after headline material and will try to dupe him into saying something he shouldn’t. If he feels one word answers are the way to go, he should do it. To a degree, it wouldn’t be much different than belichicks press confs.

  19. The idea that he’s paid ‘so handsomely’ to do Media Interviews is pretty stupid and only a sports writer would thow that up there. The man is paid to play Football. If the Media chooses to misrepresent his words in their publications, then he has every right and reason to limit his comments to the bare minimum.

    No Athlete has a contract that requires them to do provide compelling interviews to swarming media.

  20. Not like it matters. When he speaks 1 or 2 words is all you can usually pick out and understand anyhow.

  21. If he skips media day, he might just become one of my favorite players. If he doesn’t skip it, I would love to see him answer every question with another question. One or two word answers would be good also.

  22. It’s sad, Marshawn really has a good sense of humor. However, if he didn’t mess up while he was in Buffalo, then he wouldn’t be subject to thoses questions.

    When he was in training camp with the Bills, he was always cracking jokes, signing and very personable.

  23. Just seems really immature honestly. You’re a grown man and it’s part of your job, even if you don’t like it or don’t want to do it. I would slap my son if he acted this way when he was 12 years old, much less 27.

  24. What a stupid NFL rule to require the players to attend media day. Who cares what most of these dumb athletes have to say. Peyton Manning is the only intelligent one who should speak. The rest can’t even speak the English language properly.

  25. “wish upon a star..makes no difference who you are”…… “Marshawn Lynch, you just won the Super Bowl- what are you doing next?” Marshawn? Marshawn?

  26. So if you don’t show up for media day, or refuse to field questions, you’re fined $100,000. But if you cut someone’s career short and destroy his body with an illegal hit, the fine is $15,000. Wonder how much the fine would be for an illegal hit on an obnoxious reporter.

  27. The idea that he’s paid ‘so handsomely’ to do Media Interviews is pretty stupid and only a sports writer would thow that up there. The man is paid to play Football. If the Media chooses to misrepresent his words in their publications, then he has every right and reason to limit his comments to the bare minimum.

    No Athlete has a contract that requires them to do provide compelling interviews to swarming media.
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    They are contractually bound to speak to the media. They are in the NFL. The NFL is a brand and do what it takes to sell that brand. It is in every player contract, Otherwise there would be no fine for not attending.
    It is not a stupid rule. The NFL is a product and players know when they come into the NFL that success is what draws the media. ( That’s what they wanted) They don’t get hired or stay long if there is no success. Only the most successful are wanted. M. Lynch thinks since he don’t like what they print he can change it by not speaking. Well the best way to change it is to correct it, not hide from it and make the statements have legs. Welcome to professional sports M. Lynch.

  28. The game should be played and the left leaning media ignored. They twist and turn everything to their liking but don’t realize the vast majority of us don’t like them, trust them or believe them!

  29. Cant believe so many people are completely on Marshawn Lynch’s side. I get that certain media members are unfair in how the change peoples words, but these NFL players are getting paid to interact with the media. The NFL doesn’t make as much money if they don’t, therefore the players salaries wouldn’t be as high as they are.

    If he doesn’t speak with the media, i don’t have an issue with it but a fine will occur. and I love how everyone is ripping on the media despite the fact that we enjoy these articles so much lol.

  30. Love your entitlement attitude Mike. “We are the media and everyone has to talk to us if they play in the NFL, social anxiety disorders be damned”.

    How about you meet him halfway – you remove your hairpiece while on the air, and he’ll shelve his anxiety disorder to talk to you.

    Sounds fair to me.

  31. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see why so many NFL players and coaches think that talking to the media is such a hassle. Almost all of the questions that they ask are open ended, so it’s pretty easy to just feed them vanilla answers until time’s up. It seems to me like you could pretty much go on autopilot for the whole time.

  32. NFL players are paid large sums of money because they incur large amounts of risk for bodily harm and injury

    yes talking to the media is part of their job, but to act like the media is the reason they are making so much money, well only could be cooked up by someone………

    IN THE MEDIA

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