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Marshawn Lynch has another side, to those who know him

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s much-discussed appearance at media day yesterday was a grudging acknowledgement of a contractual obligation.

It wasn’t particulary insightful, or belligerent, as he grinned his way through statements such as: “I think you’re just taking it wrong. It doesn’t make me uncomfortable. I’m just about that action. You say ‘hut’ and there’s action. All the unnecessary talk — it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate people wanting to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. Chilling, you feel me?”

But in other settings, those who know him describe Lynch as a passionate worker and loyal friend, with none of the stone walls to keep people out.

In fact, Lynch broke down in tears in front of former Bills General Manager Buddy Nix upon the trade to Seattle which he had lobbied for.

“I said, ‘What is it? This is what you wanted to start with,’” Nix told Jim Trotter of SI.com. “He said, ‘I came here to get this team turned around and see it through and get it in the playoffs, and I failed at that.’ It really bothered him. But that’s the kind of kid he is. It was such a culture shock for him coming to Buffalo, but he had a lot of pride — still does — and didn’t want to fail. He’s a team guy and wants to win. That day told me a lot about him. I really liked Marshawn because when you lined him up out there, you knew you were going to get everything he had.”

By all apparent indications, Lynch could be a serviceable interview if he chose. Local Seattle media tend to not complain, because they’ve learned how he is, and how valuable he’s not for their purposes.

In his 6:21 in front of the assembled media yesterday, he seemed more amused by the process than spiteful, more unwilling to divulge than unwilling to cooperate.

It didn’t have to be as hard as he made it, but it wasn’t such a problem to merit the scrutiny he received.

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16 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch has another side, to those who know him”
  1. bucrightoff says: Jan 29, 2014 8:10 AM

    Media day is one of the single stupidest days on the NFL calender, likely the stupidest. Look at some of the clowns who dress up and ask moronic, irreverent questions. I wish more players treated it like the joke it is.

  2. n0hopeleft says: Jan 29, 2014 8:28 AM

    All work, no talk.

    Seems like a lost traight in America.

    There is nothing wrong with how he’s handling himself.

  3. wwwmattcom says: Jan 29, 2014 8:38 AM

    The other side to Lynch….. there is a YouTube video of Lynch driving a golf cart after a Cal game. He drives all over the place.
    His car hit a woman in Buffalo while driving, supposedly under the influence, couldn’t prove he was driving though.

    Do you have to know Lynch before he doesn’t accidentally let his cat hit you?

  4. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 29, 2014 9:11 AM

    Beastmode will be dining on pot roast all game long.

  5. dapollock69 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:16 AM

    It’s a good thing they found the unibomber otherwise Lynch would have fit the sketch.

  6. Ed Bandell says: Jan 29, 2014 9:32 AM

    Actually, there is a problem with the way he’s handling himself. It is called he is contractually obligated to participate.

    He is the one choosing to be a big baby over it, not the other way around. He is the one making a big deal about it. All he has to do is show up and talk. That’s it. They aren’t asking him to chop off a finger.

    So guess what Lynch. Show up. Talk. If you can’t be bothered to do something so simple which is part of the contract you signed, you can forfeit the money, quit, and go work somewhere else.

  7. beastmode5150 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:39 AM

    He wants to do his job, not talk about his job.

  8. 1uniquename says: Jan 29, 2014 9:45 AM

    I get that he’s under contract to spend an hour answering stupid questions but perhaps after 6 minutes he realized that not talking is worth the $100,000 fine he may receive. If that is the case then more power to him, time is money and that hour of not talking is obviously worth a $100,000 donation to whatever charity the NFL sends those fines to, good for him.

  9. rolltide510 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:59 AM

    I’d say the NFL should welcome athletes who explicitly don’t want to run their mouths all the time.

  10. teambringitstrong says: Jan 29, 2014 10:11 AM

    wwwmattcom says: Jan 29, 2014 8:38 AM

    The other side to Lynch….. there is a YouTube video of Lynch driving a golf cart after a Cal game. He drives all over the place.
    His car hit a woman in Buffalo while driving, supposedly under the influence, couldn’t prove he was driving though.

    Do you have to know Lynch before he doesn’t accidentally let his cat hit you?
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    Oh the ignorant liars. It’s called ghostriding. Maybe you should brush up on life outside of your comfort zone.

    Ed Bandell says: Jan 29, 2014 9:32 AM

    Actually, there is a problem with the way he’s handling himself. It is called he is contractually obligated to participate.

    He is the one choosing to be a big baby over it, not the other way around. He is the one making a big deal about it. All he has to do is show up and talk. That’s it. They aren’t asking him to chop off a finger.

    So guess what Lynch. Show up. Talk. If you can’t be bothered to do something so simple which is part of the contract you signed, you can forfeit the money, quit, and go work somewhere else.
    ———————————————————–
    He filled his obligation. Just because he didn’t talk as long as you would have liked doesn’t mean squat.
    What part of that are you being a big, bigoted baby about?

  11. mullman76 says: Jan 29, 2014 10:21 AM

    Best interview ever.

    “Just lay back, kick back, mind my business, stay in my lane.”

    It was even better when he went third person Beast Mode to finish.

  12. cruuuzcontrol says: Jan 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    Marshawn, my friend… If you want to toil in anonymity and just punch in and out every day, there’s a desk job waiting for you somewhere in America. Heck, you could be a garbage man somewhere, too. You’re a pro athlete that gets paid millions of dollars… Blabbing to the media is part of your job. It’s not hard, either. Look at all the guys that do it by just giving bland, cliché answers to every question they get.

  13. blackchief29 says: Jan 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    The man gets paid to play, not provide free fodder for media to make money on. He met the requirement with his six mins and that’s plenty. The man brings it every game and is gonna shred the captain horseface’s donkeys. Can’t wait for the donkey defense to be exposed.

  14. alankelly2013 says: Jan 29, 2014 1:21 PM

    “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker” – Ancient Chinese Proverb.

  15. seaeagle707 says: Jan 29, 2014 4:39 PM

    When Marshawn was in Buffalo, his QB had a TV interview show. Lynch appeared for a half-hour talky, was quite effusive and personable. The subject of swimming came up and the QB got Marshawn to say that he thought he was the best swimmer on the team. A second program was lined up, that pitted Marshawn and another Bills player against each other. Marshawn lost the competition and the QB crowed about it to no end. He made Lynch, look and feel stupid, and aired it in Buffalo.

    So I ask again, is it any wonder that Lynch has developed a phobia for speaking on TV?

  16. RedRuffensor says: Jan 29, 2014 4:57 PM

    Remember when Green Bay GM Ted Thompson could have acquired Lynch from Buffalo for a 4th-round pick in 2010, but didn’t because that’s not his “approach”? Well, former Green Bay GM Ron Wolf had no hesitation venturing into the free-agency or trade markets to upgrade the team (e.g., Brett Favre and Reggie White) and it sure paid-off.

    Thompson got lucky that Aaron Rodgers was available at a time when most QBs (e.g., Favre) go into decline. If it hadn’t been necessary to plan for Favre’s succession, Thompson may well have drafted someone else, and that would have resulted in him being shown the door after a few seasons.

    Thompson is more lucky than good.

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