Super Bowl: Lynch goes into interview Beast Mode again

Marshawn has left the building.

Somebody threw Marshawn Lynch a bag of Skittles. The Skittles spoke as much as he did.

Somebody threw Marshawn Lynch a bag of Skittles. The Skittles spoke as much as he did.

PHOENIX — Thousands of fans, clearly with money to burn, spent $28.50 for the right to watch media members and assorted Barbie dolls from Hispanic television stations ask questions to football players.

I think an out-of-town guy I ran into in the elevator back at my hotel put it best: “I didn’t fly 3,000 miles here from Miami to watch people talk to other people.” Smart dude.

In the case of Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch, he certainly didn’t miss anything.

Lynch, whose aversion to speaking to the media has been well-chronicled in non-quote-filled stories, led Seattle players out of the tunnel at U.S. Airways Center for Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day and made his way to his interview kiosk. But he didn’t speaking, beyond saying, “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

According to detail-oriented journalists who had nothing else to write on their notepads, Lynch said that 29 times. Interview Beast Mode.

Lynch checked the stopwatch on his phone at one point and said, “Three more minutes.”

After five minutes total, he got up and left.

Expect him to be fined regardless of the fact the he showed up to Media Day as mandated by the NFL. The fine could be up to $250,000 or $500,000, depending on what angry sportswriter you talk to.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter, the president of the Pro Football Writers Association, wrote this week that player contracts state that players must “cooperate with news media” and that violations of procedures “will be considered conduct detrimental to the league and will be subject to disciplinary action by the commissioner.”

Hey, those are the rules. Don’t jump on the media for this. Those are the rules. Lynch is the one creating an issue. He’s a great player, but he’s creating an issue for no reason. Even shy and quiet players who abhor media responsibilities often embrace the goofiness of media day.

Lynch is just different. Excuse me: unique.

Now, about the goofiness. Here’s a few shots from Media Day.

This was the scene early on the floor of U.S. Air Center before New England players even showed up. The NFL used to hold Media Day in the football stadium but now prefers things to be as cramped and uncomfortable as possible. Expect next year's event to be held in a shoebox.

This was the scene early on the floor of U.S. Air Center before New England players even showed up. The NFL used to hold Media Day in the football stadium but now prefers things to be as cramped and uncomfortable as possible. Expect next year’s event to be held in a shoebox.

I take a picture of this guy every year. I don't know why. I disgust myself.

I take a picture of this guy every year. I don’t know why. I disgust myself.

No, I was not going to ask him a question with the word "inflation" or "deflation" in it.

No, I was not going to ask him a question with the word “inflation” or “deflation” in it.

If this guy wasn't a key witness in "Spygate," he should have been.

If this guy wasn’t a key witness in “Spygate,” he should have been.

I guess word didn't get around that I have a one-on-one set up with Tom Brady.

I guess word didn’t get around that I have a one-on-one set up with Tom Brady.

TV El Azteca continues to recruit from the nation's finest journalism schools. I can't figure out how they keep getting players to stand there for interviews.

TV El Azteca continues to recruit from the nation’s finest journalism schools. I can’t figure out how they keep getting players to stand there for interviews.

I sense there is a growing recruiting war brewing between TV El Azteca and Televisa that makes Alabama vs. Auburn look like nothing.

I sense there is a growing recruiting war brewing between TV El Azteca and Televisa that makes Alabama vs. Auburn look like nothing.

Marshawn has left the building.

Marshawn has left the building.

A recent writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— MyAJC: Great or not, Patriots’ legacy is forever tarnished
— AJC: Seattle players say Quinn will be ‘great head coach’ for Falcons
— AJC: Brady says ‘feelings got hurt’ by accusations (really?)
— MyAJC: Hawks are closest team to rare Atlanta sports title
— AJC: Matt Ryan doesn’t believe deflating footballs is the norm
— MyAJC: Al Horford finally past injuries and frustration with Hawks
— AJC: Stall, lie, cheat — it’s the Patriots’ way, and perfectly timed
— AJC: DeflateGate: It’s time for NFL to forfeit games for cheaters
— MyAJC: Walsh-Montana still top Belichick-Brady on coach-QB mountain
— AJC: Seattle’s Super Bowl only delays Falcons’ hiring of Dan Quinn
— AJC: Oddsmaker says Braves’ win total will be ‘low 70s’ (with reader poll)
— MyAJC: Braves’ moves carry Coppolella’s fingerprints
— AJC: There goes Evan Gattis as Braves take another big hit
— AJC: Quinn was tabbed as ‘Next Great Coach’ but can Falcons get him?
— AJC: UPDATE: Bowles goes to Jets but if Falcons get Quinn it won’t matter
— AJC: Falcons should talk to John Fox before making decision on Quinn, Bowles
— AJC: Rex Ryan going to Buffalo — and that’s not bad news for Falcons
— AJC: Nick Saban, the mercenary, takes on ex-Bulldog Jonathan Taylor
— MyAJC: Falcons’ backdrop not comforting for coaching search
— AJC: Falcons’ changes: Pioli’s role increases, so what does this mean for Dimitroff?
 

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SeATLite
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"assorted Barbie dolls from Hispanic television" Jeez, Jeff, I know you were irked by shy Marshawn's not wanting to answer mostly dumb questions from mostly dumb sports journalists (I assume you prefer Sherman's strategy of treating them like he treats the WRs he covers), but that's no excuse for a six-word sexism/racism bomb like that.  Way to reduce human beings to not one but two broad sterotypes.  Careful; that brush full of tar strokes both ways, old white old-media scribe.

Floppy
Floppy

ESPN girl fluff reporters have to be so jealous of the Mexican girl fluff reporters. Maybe they could have a competition between all the networks for our entertainment.. That's the kind of pre Superbowl news I could use.

LamontSanford
LamontSanford

I love this guy.  He is the RP McMurphy of the NFL...and here Good Mr. Schultz is playing Mr. Scanlon, upset that the rules aren't being followed.


Marshawn is limiting the ability of the reporters to misconstrue what he says. 

I think he should set up a Crowdfunding account to pay for the fines and let the "investors" vote on the inane response he gives each week.  I would send money.


The market is saturated with NFL news.  There is just too much noise and nonsense...too many ex-player opinions that are supposed to matter.  To me, the NFL network was a tipping point.  I can't watch anymore--its exhausting.


This guy has me interested again...I appreciate his spite.  It is different than the constant drone of information that turned me off on the NFL in the first place.  I might even watch a game Sunday.  It is only Wednesday though...still plenty of time to be overwhelmed by the coverage. 

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

Why is the AJC paying you to be at an event for 2 teams not located in Atlanta, yet cant pay for someone to be on the road for the Hawks??

BravesFan79
BravesFan79

And why the hell does Ga State football have their own writer.... LOL 

DrPhill
DrPhill

This is the Circus Maximus, and Kraft is the Emperor.

twentysixpointtwo
twentysixpointtwo

Who really cares what's on Lynch's mind anyway.  It's all a pointless media frenzy to help the NFL drum up attention for the game.  Just poke me in the side when they kick off.

GT71
GT71

I think we are very lucky these Neanderthals don't want to bring their 8-word vocabularies, bad manners, animalistic behavior and total disregard for their distaff playthings in front of cameras and questions - no matter how idiotic and absurd the questions might be- and generally speaking, the questions are dumbed-down enough for at least comprehension by people with IQs in the thirties.

Just let them go out and pulverize each other for your viewing pleasure, collect the check and go back to their lairs.

This gets worse every year.  Enough already.


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And why does the AJC sports link take you to their inane front page?

So many questions, so little interest.

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P.S. Leave Marshawn Lynch alone. The way he plays should speak for itself.

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If he gets fined $500,000 for this, I don't know whether to call him extremely stubborn or extremely idiotic. It doesn't matter how shy you are, or how much you hate speaking to the media, if you're willing to risk half a million on it, something is surely wrong.