Media Day has come and gone. But its impact will linger, for a bit at least
The Pro Football Writers of America have issued a statement regarding Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch’s conduct at Media Day, and regarding the NFL’s response to it.
Lynch left his designated area after only six minutes, hid off to the side, eventually spoke to Deion Sanders of NFL Network, and said “sh-t” during the live conversation. In a statement emailed last night to PFT, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said, “Players are required to participate and he participated. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
“The Pro Football Writers of America, the official voice of pro football writers fighting and promoting for access to NFL personnel to best serve the public, is extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the Super Bowl XLVIII media day on Tuesday,” the PFWA said in a statement issued by president D. Orlando Ledbetter.
“Several of our long-standing and high profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch’s conduct and refusal to answer any questions. We find the statement that by the league that ‘Players are required to participate and he participated’ to be an affront to our membership. However, we are encouraged that the league will continue to closely monitor this situation.”
Lynch will be exposed to the media at least two more times for the rest of the week. If he fails to comply with the NFL’s media policies, he faces up to $100,000 in fines.
The PFWA believes he already has violated league policies. During last night’s edition of Pro Football Talk at the Super Bowl on NBCSN, both Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison said that media access goes with the territory, and that Lynch should have fully complied with the expectation that he’ll be available for an hour.
Dungy pointed out that, when the Colts made it to the Super Bowl, even media-averse receiver Marvin Harrison made himself available for the full hour. Over the years, plenty of other guys who surely preferred not to be there did the same thing.
If they all did it, Lynch should be expected to do the same.