Marshawn Lynch visits Turkey, gives lengthy interview

AP

Marshawn Lynch will gladly talk to the media. When he’s on a promotional tour of Turkey.

Lynch is in Turkey helping the organization American Football Without Barriers, and while he was there he sat down for a long interview with a Turkish sports network.

“I’m just here so I don’t get fined,” Lynch joked before getting serious about why he wanted to work at a Turkish youth football camp and help promote football in Turkey. Lynch said he sees the work he’s doing overseas as similar to his efforts to promote football in his hometown.

“With the camp, I do this back at home myself, in Oakland, California, and when I got the word they were doing something here, it gave me a chance to spread my wings. I hold a camp at home, like I said, with about 850 kids and it’s been growing. This is an opportunity for me to come out and spread my brand as well. I’m here, like I said, to spread football across the world and at the same time help people in need,” Lynch said.

Lynch joked that when someone at the football camp was working wanted to find out what it was like to get hit by an American football player, he decided to go “Beast Mode in Turkey” and run the guy over. But Lynch also said he was impressed with how quickly Turkish athletes were picking up the sport. And he shared some thoughts about how much football meant to him when he was a Pop Warner player and a high school player, adding that he’d like to give young people in his hometown and across the world the same opportunities.

The full interview (with Lynch, Browns tight end Gary Barnidge and Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams speaking English and a Turkish translator speaking over them) is below:

54 responses to “Marshawn Lynch visits Turkey, gives lengthy interview

  1. Next thing ya know, every kid in Turkey will be grabbing their crotches. There goes the country.

  2. In my opinion, I think he’s less worried about the media in other countries. Here they are looking for sensational headlines. Anyone pay attention to what he said the week before the media when he said he wasn’t going to give them anything to take out of context and twist to make headlines? I think they are genuinely interested in him which makes it easier for him to let his guard down.

  3. So sad that the media here will never get it…he’s promoting something he feels is important and the Turkish media appears to respect that and is willing to offer him the forum. Here unless there’s something salaceus that they can make a story out of, they have no interest. Perhaps if his camp had Johnny Football they would care. They claim the fans don’t want to hear anything but…they have no clue who or what the fans find important and interesting. Professional journalism has completely disappeared. Ignorant hacks now roam the landscape. Pathetic!

  4. “This pretty much proves it’s all an attention grabbing act.”

    or . . . he’s a guy who feels burned by, and doesn’t trust the US media. seems like the more likely explanation to me.

    if all he wanted was attention he could do/say outrageous things, with all the spotlight he gets.

  5. He’s a creep but perfect for the NFL with these other felons they continue to let play the game.

  6. I pictured him sitting with a Turkey and talking to it for a lengthy amount of time. Very Disappointed.

  7. Good deal promoting the game of American football abroad… growing the game. Can’t understand why everybody gets on Lynch but he does more interviews then Goodell.

  8. It is almost like people don’t mind doing things when they have a choice of when, where, and how to do it….but might not be as cooperative when they are forced to do something they have no interest in doing.

    Media members use athletes to further their careers (which only exist because of the athletes), and generally have no hang ups about the type of information they spread and often purposely blur the lines between verified fact, innuendo, and fabrication in their writings…athletes gain nothing by talking to the media every week, yet get annoyed when guys they don’t treat fairly in their coverage may not be interested in talking to them….but when an athlete uses the media to advance an agenda (in this case, an admirable one), the same media gets their panties in a bunch.

    Maybe it is best to remember than when you depend on someone else to do your job, you should go out of your way to treat them fairly rather than running roughshod over the truth in the name of headlines and seeing your own name in print.

  9. Fitting that the NFL would send its own version of the Gordion Knot to Turkey.

    (Phrygia is in Turkey)

  10. Yeaaaah. He appreciated them asking about his stomach.

    Then he began teaching their kids how to be vulgar, disrespectful & rude.

  11. may be the media over here is the problem !
    by trying to talk to someone who doesn’t want to talk to you !!!! Beaaaaaaaaast

  12. Everyone complaining about Lynch giving an interview and I’m just thinking about how the Turks must be like, “woah, this guy is crazy lookin/sounding”. As to the interview, if people are not perceptive enough to notice, Lynch is OK doing non-traditional interviews because the pressure is off. NFL media sets you up all season long to say one thing that they can run with.

  13. Did he visit Istanbul or is it Constantinople. Hmmm….Istanbul or Constantinople. I guess only the Turks know for sure

  14. What a jerk.

    You want someone to pay you $10 million a year, but you don’t have the decency to to help them earn the money they will pay you. Most likely he gave the Turkish interview only to thumb his nose at the company that pays him. When a jerk does something nice, he’s just a jerk that did one nice thing so he could be jerk to someone else.

    If you don’t like doing the job you are being paid for, which includes interviewing, then don’t take their money. Have some pride and self-respect. You can always be a night-time security guard at Walmart, the only other thing you are qualified to do.

  15. I’m a patriots fan. But I really like Lynch. Not sure why he has so many haters. He seems like a good football player. crotch grab apart – he plays hard, sticks by his teammates, and talks less. In today’s NFL, I’m not sure any of that is a bad thing.
    He got burnt years ago by the media, and now does not want any part of it. It has turned into its own circus with him wanting to do the minimum not to get fined, and being a high profile player, everything he does or says becoming news.
    Can we let him be, and accept him for trying to do some good?

  16. Reading this article is a prime example of why Marshawn Lynch doesn’t talk the press here. The Turkish press just asked him questions about the program. They weren’t out to get him. Our media here forgot what journalism is. Everything is an Op/ED piece.

    As for the people saying he’s just out for attention, he only showed up for the media because the NFL made him. He’s been avoiding the media. Since he wasn’t going answer there questions, he just doesn’t show. Roger Goodell and the NFL, in there infinite wisdom, decided that he had to show up. Meanwhile good ole’ Rog is MIA all the time when the NFL has serious issues right now.

  17. Yeah these Turkish kids are going to be thinking fondly of him a few years from now when they’re in prison getting their feet slapped by batons – some countries don’t think the whole complete lack of respect for authority thing is as cute as we do here.

  18. I can’t listen past 2 minutes because the translation drives me mad.

    Thumbs up if you made it past 2 minutes.

  19. Trying to get the folks over there to play an American sport? Do we hate the people of Turkey? If ISIS gets wind of this, they will go there and kill all those kids for playing an American game.

  20. Lynch’s interviews in America are way more entertaining than the cliche riddled drivel that other athletes spew. Do you care what a football player thinks? I would rather go with the entertainment that we get from Lynch and his interview answers.

    People need to ask themselves why they are so upset with Lynch’s answers? Would they rather hear “we have to work hard” “give 110%” blah blah blah?

  21. I hope he keeps quiet, reporters ask the same dumb questions and athletes have to regurgitate the same dumb answers. We’d be better off with one or two players being available after a game and having some interviews worth listening to. The one’s we have now aren’t worth listening to and we aren’t missing anything by him keeping quiet.

  22. Turkey?? Wow that’s next door to Syria and we all oops (most) of us know what’s in Syria…or who’s in Syria.
    The things that make you go hmmm.

  23. Toying with the media domestically is one thing, going to a place like Turkey where it is imperative that we maintain positive relations as their population is Sunni Muslim, the same sect as ISIS although entirely opposite is another. He’s obviously taken it seriously and understands his role as ambassador. Thanks Marshawn. This sort of thing can do more good for international relations than any flag draped visit by a politician.

  24. “Media members use athletes to further their careers (which only exist because of the athletes)”

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    And athletes, who do nothing of actual significance, would be unknown to 98% of consumers (where all that $$$ comes from, boss) is without the media and the extremely beneficial hype they provide. I can’t stand it when athletes or their apologists fail to understand that the media is what allows them to be huge stars and receive way too much money for playing a child’s game.

  25. For the record, it isn’t whether or not it is Istanbul or Constantinople that only the Turks know, but why they changed the name.

    I must agree with @johnnylujack. Without athletes, sports reporters are reporters. Without a fan base, most athletes are ditch diggers at best. Getting the world out, whether by print, blog, tweet, or tv, is what allows athletes to chance to earn such a huge payday with little or no other discernible marketable skills. It isn’t the reporter that relies on the athlete for a pay day, but the other way around.

    Also, the media didn’t burn Lynch. Lynch burned himself with the way he speaks and what he chooses to say. ‘It is better to stay silent and allow people to think you a fool than to speak and prove them right.’ The problem is, Lynch did this backwards so we already no we are right.

    I also must agree that all jobs come with rules, regulations, and policies. I hate doing month end reports, but it is part of my job and I won’t have one if I don’t do them. It is part of Lynch’s job to speak to the media. In fact, his union negotiated the precise terms of that stipulation to his job. If he doesn’t like it, he is more than welcome to leave the NFL and make millions of dollars doing one of the many other jobs for which, I am sure, he is equally suited.

    One last thought: I wish to thank any and all of you that have read this far because this is a ridiculously long comment…seriously, why I am still typing?

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