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Doug Baldwin: It’s “ridiculous” that NFL forces Lynch to talk

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch does his best to avoid reporters, but during Super Bowl week that’s not easy: The NFL requires all players to meed with the media throughout the week, and although Lynch hasn’t had much to say, he has grudgingly attended.

Doug Baldwin thinks that’s dumb.

Baldwin, the Seahawks receiver and friend of Lynch’s, says that if Lynch would like to keep to himself and let his play do the talking for him, the league should let him be.

“What is there to get? He doesn’t like talking to the media,” Baldwin said. “That’s not what he’s about. I think it’s ridiculous that the NFL forces him to do that. They’ve threatened fines; they’ve threatened suspensions that if he didn’t talk to the media they were going to come down with harsh punishment. I don’t get it. You get fined for talking too much, you get fined for not talking at all. I don’t think he’s misunderstood; that’s just who he is. There’s nothing to misunderstand. He’s the most up-front and blunt person about who he is, so I don’t think there’s much to misunderstand.”

Baldwin says Lynch is well-liked by the people who know him.

“He’s a very caring person,” Baldwin said. “He’s compassionate about his teammates. He’s always looking out for his teammates, and it doesn’t matter what it is. He’s a big, caring guy. He’s not fake. He’s very blunt and honest about who he is. He doesn’t hesitate to voice his opinion about something to his teammates. A lot of respect is given to him because he’s that way.”

That’s a side of Lynch that reporters don’t see.

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39 Responses to “Doug Baldwin: It’s “ridiculous” that NFL forces Lynch to talk”
  1. hbegley6672 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:50 AM

    It’s part of the job. Most, if not all of us, have parts of job we don’t like. Suck it up

  2. ttommytom says: Jan 30, 2014 7:54 AM

    Reporters are like Real Estate Agents: Spinning the truth to make it work for them.

  3. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 30, 2014 7:54 AM

    It is ridiculous. The media are the only ones upset about this. They want stories to sell. We just want to watch football.

  4. jmason100 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    Many people have phobias of public speaking and tend to be really private. Why should he be paraded in front of bunch of media types? Some players love the media, others do not. I think the NFL strong-arming him is out-of-bounds.

  5. bennyb82 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:00 AM

    Sounds like he needs to hire a stunt double.

  6. spin5150bc says: Jan 30, 2014 8:01 AM

    I agree with Baldwin. There are plenty of other players to get sound bites from. That being said, should he attend with the rest of his teammates? Yes, but he shouldn’t have to talk to anyone if he doesn’t want to.
    Besides, there are no real reporters on Media Day anyway. He would only be interviewed by some dude in a$$less chaps or a freaking bee costume.

  7. 4thqtrsaint says: Jan 30, 2014 8:02 AM

    If he doesn’t want to talk, he shouldn’t have to. When he does talk, its a terrible interview, so what do you get by forcing him to do it anyway? There’s 52 other guys & a coach that love to talk. Talk to them.

  8. stew48 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:03 AM

    Right on, Baldwin. Actually, our freedom of speech also includes freedom of silence. It is only the distorting inclined media who want to force answers or comments. There is no way that rule of the NFL would last a minute before any educated judge.

  9. azjam says: Jan 30, 2014 8:08 AM

    He is shy and an introvert. Leave him be.

  10. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jan 30, 2014 8:18 AM

    It’s also ridiculous I have to go to meetings for work. Let me just do my work do the talking.

  11. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jan 30, 2014 8:18 AM

    let my work just do the talking*

  12. gadlaw2012 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:40 AM

    It’s in their contracts, it’s part of the job. NFL is entertainment and the players are the entertainers. It’s ridiculous that anyone thinks otherwise or acts like any player is above the game and the rules.

  13. duster1982 says: Jan 30, 2014 9:06 AM

    well if it was something that was included in the last labor talks, maybe he should be mad at the NFLPA instead.

  14. packer4life says: Jan 30, 2014 9:32 AM

    This is his employer and what he signed up for, it comes with the gig. If this is such an issue, he should find another job where he doesn’t have to talk.

  15. fanofevilempire says: Jan 30, 2014 9:43 AM

    The man doesn’t want to talk to anyone, I have no problem with it, why should he be forced to
    participate in something he doesn’t want to be part of. I have a lot of respect for him.

  16. bullcharger says: Jan 30, 2014 9:50 AM

    Few would talk to the media given the choice. Coaches and QBs mostly hate the weekly routine too. The reason they have to do it is because it’s not a sport played for fun. They get paid millions of dollars and that money comes from the fans. The league ensures the players have to do things that sustain the league as part of their salary.

    If every player was quiet and just self marketed directly to the fans with Twitter it wouldn’t be a very interesting league.

  17. classyjacklambert says: Jan 30, 2014 9:55 AM

    Why does he have such a problem with talking? I just don’t get the big deal with answering a few questions. But if he doesn’t want to, why not just be like Belichick and always talk while saying the same thing, absolutely nothing.

  18. wehavebush says: Jan 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    Let him do his talking on the field!!

  19. pixelito says: Jan 30, 2014 10:20 AM

    He can’t spend a few minutes answering some dumh questions during Superbowl week? Why is his time more valuable than everyone else’s?

    Sounds petty and immature to me.

  20. ajgreenhof says: Jan 30, 2014 10:36 AM

    What’s really ridiculous is how much these guys get paid. It’s a part of your job,

    Just Do It – Nike

  21. dodohead418 says: Jan 30, 2014 10:47 AM

    I approve of how honest the Seahawks are!

  22. beardinals says: Jan 30, 2014 11:20 AM

    Lynch was REAL chatty on AZ radio a few years ago when he was with th Bills. This is some sort of act.

  23. tbmoore13 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:21 AM

    Then Refs should have to talk after they blow another call!

  24. huskerguy says: Jan 30, 2014 11:37 AM

    If you don’t like what comes with the job of us paying you millions of dollars to run a ball then quit.

  25. sweetnlow44 says: Jan 30, 2014 11:41 AM

    BEASTMODE

  26. starchybunker says: Jan 30, 2014 1:12 PM

    the NFL is clearly bullying him…Goodell should appoint an independent investigator to look into this oh nevermind…

  27. jlmd17 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:19 PM

    Cal-Berkeley is not looking good here. The man clearly has a low I.Q I would love to see his SAT scores.

  28. Frum Slum says: Jan 30, 2014 1:53 PM

    It’s a job. Stupid rule but it is one that is in place. If a guy prefers to potentially lose out on marketing opportunities and just ball, that’s on him.

    But again, don’t apply for a job if you don’t agree with the rules.

  29. drasarp says: Jan 30, 2014 1:56 PM

    The NFL says players must be available for reporters questions. But, it does not say how the players must answer them.

    Players who don’t like to answer reporters questions would do well to follow the Belichick model. A reporter will ask BB a question and his answer will have nothing to do with the question. He’ll grab the ‘agenda’ and speak about what he wants.

    If it were me, I’d take it a step further and answer questions with my own banter.

    Reporter: “How are you getting ready for the Super Bowl? What are you doing that’s different?”

    Me: “Did you see those clouds today? Beautiful, man! They keep me in the moment.”

    Reporter:” What are your chances in the Super Bowl?”

    Me; My family and I are going out for a great meal afteward.”

    Reporter: “Your stats say you don’t do well in cold weather. How’s the weather going to effect you?”

    Me: “I like sunning myself in California better than in Florida.”

    The League tells the players and coaches they have to be available for the reporter’s questions. But, the players and coaches get to choose how they are going to answer.

    The NFL does not say the players and coaches have to make sense? If it were me, the media would get nothing but my own agenda.

  30. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 30, 2014 2:06 PM

    I don’t care if he doesn’t talk but take a page from Belichick’s book and just give politically correct answers if you don’t want to say anything. You’re professionals and part of your contract stipulates you talk to the media. Just don’t give them anything to write about.

  31. maximusprime107 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:07 PM

    It’s in every NFL players contract that they must be made available to the media. It’s stupid to complain about it. You signed the thing you know what’s in it

  32. footballchic777 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:40 PM

    He is paid millions, and part of that is for interviews. Every person has posted of their jobs they don’t want to do, but they do. And we don’t make millions!

  33. stew48 says: Jan 30, 2014 2:50 PM

    It would be refreshing if some super star would advise his agent that he will sign no contract with wording that he is forced to appear before the media. That way, media would be forced to EARN their time with players. Media claims to be the conduit between players and fans; at this moment, they are not a very worth conduit. IMO

  34. kneelbeforesod says: Jan 30, 2014 3:02 PM

    It’s even more ridiculous that anyone would actually want to hear what Lynch has to say.

  35. flipola says: Jan 30, 2014 3:25 PM

    Forces him to talk, as if it’s torture. What’s he too busy counting the $7 million he made this year?

  36. seaeagle707 says: Jan 30, 2014 7:45 PM

    The newsies talk to forty players and they get the well rehearsed sound bytes that each of them has been prepped to say. Then they talk to a player who doesn’t allow himself to be coached on his “dialogue”, and they’re all upset.

    I can tell you what most Seahawks players would say during media day interviews, because I’ve been hearing them do pressers and field interviews all season. But not Marshawn. Because he doesn’t do interviews. So what is he going to say that would impress me anyway? I don’t watch Hawks games to hear them speak, but to play football. They want to talk after the game, fine. They don’t want to talk after the game, fine.

  37. jmblosser82 says: Jan 30, 2014 8:34 PM

    If players don’t want to talk to media then don’t play professional sports. They make big bucks and it’s not too much to ask for 20 minutes or so after the game and pre-Super Bowl press conferences.

  38. jackthetailback says: Jan 30, 2014 10:29 PM

    I agree with Baldwin.. It is ridiculous for the NFL to force any player to talk to the press.. The NFL makes enough dough on the outcomes of the games that really arent that well officiated… its not like they need all of these interviews to make a profit… It’s basically a page taken from the Professional Wrestling hand book on how to increase ratings.. I quit watching that Pro Wrestling cause of all the BS in the smack talking.
    Just a matter of time til some of the NFL players are caught hanging out together after fueling the drama fire with cheap talk to get ratings..
    So now the name of the game will be “hey, don’t play in the NFL if your ego cant take the smack talk”.. It’s TALK people.. We already know how some people will say or do anything to get attn.. Personally, I’d rather just watch the game and see the player’s actions ON THE field speak for themselves..

  39. dontcallmepete says: Jan 31, 2014 11:57 AM

    Q. If you met Bigfoot, what would you tell him?

    That’s an actual question from media day. Do we ever learn anything new from this type of nonsense? Good for Marshawn in not putting up with this type of idiocy.

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