Seattle RB gives same answer – over and over at Super Bowl media day
(KING5.COM) PHOENIX, Ariz. – Facing a reported half-million dollar fine, Marshawn Lynch had one message for reporters at Super Bowl Media Day.
“I’m here so I won’t get fined.”
The Seahawks running back made it clear right off the bat Tuesday. Arriving at his podium, Lynch told reporters he would have one answer and one answer only.
He occasionally changed the verbiage a little, but the answer was basically the same.
“I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”
He added a “boss” here or a shout out to a person there. After his minimum required amount of time at the podium, which he monitored with a timer on his phone, Lynch left Media Day to the applause from fans.
Lynch has been fined $100,000 by the NFL this season for not talking to the media ($50,000 was carry over from last year’s Super Bowl week). Since then, he has given short, repeated answers after games to meet the minimum requirement.
ESPN’s Ed Werder, citing NFL sources, reported that Lynch was warned he would be fined $500,000 if he didn’t show for Media Day. That’s the same amount New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was fined for the 2007 SpyGate scandal.
Richard Sherman, who defended Lynch earlier this season when he was fined for his silence, spoke out again Tuesday.
“I think that certain players, you know, every team should be forced to present certain players,” said Sherman. “But if, obviously, someone is uncomfortable in front of the media and uncomfortable answering questions and things like that, you have to find a way to accommodate them, as well.”
“I wish everyone would stop fining my man, Marshawn,” Russell Wilson said when asked what one NFL rule he would change.