It’s not secret Seattle Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch has nothing to say to the media. At the NFL news conference for Super Bowl XLIX, he answered all questions with another one-liner: “You know why I’m here.”
It was his answer to every question except one on Wednesday.
Lynch came out to a podium instead of his original assigned spot where a large group of reporters and cameraman had gathered. He stayed for five minutes before leaving.
The only time Lynch had a different answer was when he was asked what music he’ll listen to pregame before facing the New England Patriots on Sunday at the Super Bowl.
He said: “It’s a new song. Marshawn. You know why I’m here.”
On Tuesday, Lynch repeated: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” while talking to reporters at the US Airways Center.
Some of the questions Lynch refused to answer Wednesday included:
— “Why do you have to be a jerk to all of us?”
— “Do you have a message for your fans?”
— “Can you talk about your charity foundation?”
— “Isn’t this whole act a selfish move?”
However, when Marshawn was interviewed by entertainment reporters, another man entirely emerged. Not only did he sing! with celebrity reporter Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, he was positively chatty with Alicia Quarles from E!
Could it be that Marshawn is just not a chatty guy when it comes to a room full of the mostly white males that cover the NFL, but when the reporter is female, Black and pretty it makes a difference.
Things that make you go…hmmmmm….
In November, the NFL fined Lynch $50,000 for violations of the league’s media policy in addition to collecting the $50,000 fine that was imposed against Lynch for violations last season. The fine from 2013 was held in anticipation of future cooperation from Lynch.