When Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day arrived, most would have guessed there would be one guy either missing from the scene, or visibly uncomfortable. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch had skipped talking to reporters all season long, thus receiving a hefty $50,000 fine from the league for not cooperating with NFL protocol.
Tuesday, Lynch indeed showed up to Media Day — for six minutes and twenty seconds to be exact.
Players are required to give a one hour session, minimum. Therefore, Lynch leaving quite a bit early raised some eyebrows around the league and he will likely face yet another fine from Roger Goodell.
Lynch ignored the media after his brief stint, but gave NFL Network a very small interview prior to leaving. During that short interview, he repeatedly said that media day “ain’t my thing.”
“No need to talk about it,” Lynch told them. “Was raised like that. … Game time, though, I’ll be there.”
Wednesday, Lynch showed up to face the media so that he wouldn’t get fined. He was asked about why he’s not comfortable with speaking to the media.
“I really ain’t got much to say about it. I really don’t. I mean, I appreciate it, but I don’t get it. I’m only here so that I won’t get fined, boss. That’s why I’m here.”
Here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter.
It really doesn’t. The media has made it a big deal, just like they made a big deal of Richard Sherman and his comments after the NFC Championship. It seems the media is just looking for ways to create bad guys. That’s all there is to it. The fact that Lynch isn’t comfortable with the media should not matter.
Lynch said it himself, he’s about action. Isn’t that what he gets paid to do? Isn’t that a big reason why his Seahawks are in the Super Bowl? He plays the game and he plays it hard. That should be all that matters. The fact that the league may fine him yet again is absolutely ridiculous.
The league doesn’t know why Lynch is uncomfortable, nor do they have the right to know. What if it has to do with a very personal matter from his past? What if the reason is much deeper than anybody could have thought? You never know what’s going on inside of a person, deep down. For that reason, they simply have no right to criticize Lynch for his actions. He did nothing wrong.