Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took a different approach to his non-answers today during his mandatory Super Bowl media availability.
Instead of choosing a line to repeat as the answer to every question, he opened up his five minutes by chastising the press for gathering to interview him every day, when they know he won’t answer any questions.
“Hey look, I mean, all week I told y’all what’s up,” Lynch said. “And for some reason y’all continue to come back and do the same thing that y’all did. I don’t know what story y’all trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me.
“When I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family that I love. That’s all that really matter to me. So y’all can go make up whatever y’all want to make up because I don’t say enough for y’all to go and put anything out on me.
“I’ll come to y’all event. Y’all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. But when I’m at home in my environment, I don’t see y’all, but y’all mad at me. And if you ain’t mad at me, then what y’all here for? I ain’t got nothing for y’all, though. I told y’all that. Y’all should know that. But y’all will sit here like right now and continue to do the same thing.
“I’m here preparing for a game,” Lynch continued. “And y’all want to ask me these questions, which is understandable. I could get down with that. But I told y’all. I’m not about to say nothing. So for the reminder of my, what’s that, 3 minutes? Because I’m here I’m available for y’all. I’m here, I’m available for y’all. I talked. All of my requirements are fulfilled. For the next 3 minutes, I’ll just be looking at y’all the way that y’all looking at me. Thank you.”
With that, Lynch stared back at the media and waited for the rest of his mandatory five minutes to expire, saying little else.
A journalist who said he once played with the New York Jets and interviewed Tupac Shakur, asked him about walking the inner cities while doing his charity work. Lynch told the man to come down to the inner cities at his next event and ask him the same question there.
He occasionally offered shoutouts …”to my real Africans out there,” to his hometown of Oakland, to his teammates and to the Family First Foundation. He also responded to a question about the Seahawks’ best player, saying, “All of them.”
Lynch, again, wore a hat from his own Beast Mode clothing line despite the potential fine for violating the NFL’s apparel policy…in addition to its media policy.
Personnel from the league office, as is custom at Super Bowl media availabilities, were on hand each day with the Seahawks, including Thursday.