Marshawn Lynch to media: ‘I’m just here so I won’t get fined’

  • Wed Jan 29th, 2014 11:39am
  • Sports

By John Boyle

Well, you can’t accuse Marshawn Lynch of being dishonest. The Seahawks running back can be a little difficult with the media, but he was up-front about things Wednesday when asked what he thought of all the media attention on him this week.

“I really don’t got too much to say, boss,” Lynch said. “I really don’t. I mean I appreciate it, it’s just I don’t get it. I’m just here so I won’t get fined, boss. That’s the only reason why.”

As was the case during Tuesday’s media day, Lynch gave mostly short answers Wednesday before ducking out of the day’s media availability early.

Lynch sat next to Michael Robinson, who at times jumped in and answered questions for Lynch, playfully imitating Lynch by ending every answer with “boss.”

Lynch did go a little more in depth when talking about his reluctance to talk to the media, saying, “If y’all say y’all is our bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really ain’t trippin’, then what’s the point, what’s the purpose? They got my back, I appreciate that, but I don’t get what the bridge is being built for.

Lynch was asked if it was hard balancing the desire to be a private person with a very visible career, and said, “It’s not.

He went on to say that he doesn’t have a problem with it, nor do fans, but “The media has a problem with it.”

The reporter countered that media doesn’t have a problem with it, and he said, “It’s a problem if they choose to take something away from me for not doing it.”

That, of course, is a reference to the $50,000 fine the NFL issued, then later decided to hold in abeyance, for Lynch not talking to the media throughout the season.

When it was pointed out that the league, not the media fined Lynch, he said. “Well I mean, a reporter had to call it in. I started somewhere.”

Not long after, Lynch called it a day, at which point Michael Robinson turned to Robert Turbin, who was also at the table, accurately predicted, “He look, Turbo, watch everybody leave.”