While many look at making it to the Super Bowl as a mountain top moment for an NFL player, some don’t think of it that way, even as NFL players.
During today’s Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day, Seattle Seahawks’ running back, Marshawn Lynch abruptly left the required 45-minute session at the Prudential Center, walking out after 6½ minutes.
When he returned he did short private interviews with the Armed Forces Network, Deion Sanders for the NFL Network and a Seahawks Web reporter. During the 45-minute media availability Lynch also talked to teammates and signed footballs and a helmet for fans in the stands.
One reporter asked, “Are you trying to avoid being fined by standing here?” Lynch twice nodded his head yes.
If you remember, Lynch was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with Seattle media earlier this month, but the NFL retracted the fine barring his attitude and behavior improve. After today’s stunt I don’t see much of an improvement.
“Players are required to participate and he participated. We will continue to monitor the situation,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday.
After watching Lynch’s interview, I get that the media and all the interviews aren’t his thing, but this is a part of your job. When your boss, in the case the NFL, says that there are mandatory things that you have to do, it’s that’s simple, these are things that you must do. I was put off by the tweets and the commentary from NFL Hall of Famer, Marshall Faulk who sided with Lynch saying that this ‘should be his right and at his digression’. PLEASE, when you sign a contract to do a job, that’s what you are expected to do, unless it something that’s harmful to your health or goes against your religious beliefs. Answering a few questions from reporters regarding your role in the biggest football game that you will ever play in is neither one of those things. You make millions of dollars from playing a recreational sport, the least you could do is answer a few questions.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,