Jimmy Graham facing fines for failing to speak with reporters

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Jimmy Graham may have only played one season with Marshawn Lynch in Seattle but he’s pulling from Lynch’s playbook when it comes to speaking with reporters.

According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, Graham is facing potential fines from the NFL for failing to speak to reporters in Green Bay. Graham hasn’t talked to reporters since July 28 during the early days of Packers’ training camp.

NFL policy states all players have to be available to the media after games and during the week.

Players must be available to the media following every game and regularly during the practice week as required under league rules. Star players, or other players with unusually heavy media demands, must be available to the media that regularly cover their teams at least once during the practice week in addition to their required post-game media availability. … Each club will open its locker room during the normal practice week (based on a Sunday game) on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to all accredited media for player interviews for a minimum of 45 minutes.”

The move is nothing new for Graham. The number of times he answered questions from reporters over the last two seasons in Seattle can be counted on a set of fingers. He would frequently change in inaccessible areas of Seattle’s stadium locker room to avoid having to answer questions after games and would rarely be in the locker room at the team’s facility during the week.

“That’s not my thing,” Graham said when asked by Demovsky if he would ever speak to reporters.

It may not be his thing, but the NFL requires it to be a thing or otherwise their thing will be to fine him for failing to comply with the league’s policy.

26 responses to “Jimmy Graham facing fines for failing to speak with reporters

  1. YoI Jimmy! .. just like it is for a successful musician .. it’s part of the gig! ..

    Damn Graham, you make me ashamed to say we are from the same U.

  2. I’d sacrifice a lot for an NFL job but we can’t keep telling the players to shut up and do everything their employers tell them to do. Requirements for NFL players are getting ridiculous.

  3. Some people have a real problem getting up in front of people and talking. It really is a medical thing. But then again, so what, the NFL has to meet their quota of fines.

  4. Jimmy had a nice game Sunday. 6 catches for 95 yards. One TD that was taken away on a ticky tack Lane Taylor holding call by the flag happy crew.

    I have no problem with him not talking to the media on Wednesdays when players are made available to the media at their lockers. I wouldn’t want my words taken out of context and posted in articles on football sites for trolls to spin and obsess on either.

  5. Vikings fan that has never really cared for Jimmy Graham. But NFL needs to relax/evolve this policy. Anxieyis a real thing. If the dude is legit and it’s difficult for him and his employer is forcing him to do it with no accommodation he’s in his rights to refuse and has to have a case via ADA or something. I kinda like having some players that would rather be seen and not heard. Ditto to the guy who said media tends to get testy too, i’d avoid most of those situations like the plague too.

  6. Stage fright is NOT a “medical thing.” People who do not like public speaking are simply risk averse, meaning they fear a negative outcome, in this case the fear of being disliked by an audience. Risk averse people do not gamble because they do not like losing more than they like winning a bet. Such fear will increase adrenaline levels in the blood. Adrenaline induces the fight or flight response in people. The fight or flight response is natural. It is not a medical thing. To people who suffer from stage fright, they may simply flee the stressful situation, the same way that people will flee from a dangerous predator like an aggressive dog or a bear. Psychologists find that when people are given beta blockers, which lowers the blood pressure and counters the effect of adrenaline, they are less likely to experience stage fright.

  7. These athletes are such morons.
    It’s SO EASY to “talk” to the media and say nothing.
    Just answer yes or no. Answer in generalities. Give nonsensical but humorous responses.

    reporter> “What were you thinking when you caught that pass and were running for a TD?”

    player> “I was just taking it one step at a time”

    reporter> “You’ve lost X games in a row how are you going to fix that”

    player> “We’ve got to play better”

    reporter> “You have allowed X sacks / dropped Y passes / missed Z tackles in the last few games, whats going wrong?”

    player> “I’ve got to do better”

    reporter> “What happens if you don’t do better”

    player> “My momma will be sad”

  8. A simple part of their job. And they’re paid millions to do it. Yes, they are paid to do this. It’s part of the job. People commenting “they shouldn’t have to”, on a nfl website, can’t see the irony?

  9. Arclight Who are you to say it’s easy? Have you been there before ? I doubt it. And even if you have all that means is it’s easy for you.

  10. If I was a reporter the only question I would have for him is “when are you going to learn how to block”?

  11. Did I miss something in the article that says he isn’t speaking because of some kind of psychological issue? It looks to me like he just doesn’t like talking to reporters. What if every NFL player decided he didn’t want to talk to the media? The interest in the game would certainly drop, the NFL would make less money, and Jimmy Graham would have a much smaller contract. Thank goodness A-Rodg never met a microphone he didn’t like.

  12. He’s a pretty weird dude, but if you read up on his family history and what he went through as a kid, it’s surprising he even made it to the NFL, let alone acts within the confines of normal human interaction.

  13. omeimontis says:

    Stage fright is NOT a “medical thing.” People who do not like public speaking are simply risk averse, meaning they fear a negative outcome, in this case the fear of being disliked by an audience. Risk averse people do not gamble because they do not like losing more than they like winning a bet. Such fear will increase adrenaline levels in the blood. Adrenaline induces the fight or flight response in people. The fight or flight response is natural. It is not a medical thing. To people who suffer from stage fright, they may simply flee the stressful situation, the same way that people will flee from a dangerous predator like an aggressive dog or a bear. Psychologists find that when people are given beta blockers, which lowers the blood pressure and counters the effect of adrenaline, they are less likely to experience stage fright.

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    If he had stage fright he’d be running the wrong routes, getting false start calls, dropping passes… missing field goals. He doesn’t have stage fright but he obviously doesn’t trust the media, and It’s very possible he’s got an anxiety disorder (which is nothing like stage fright).

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