After six minutes and 20 seconds on a media day podium, the laid-back Marshawn Lynch decided he’d had enough. The Seattle Seahawks running back retreated behind his Louis Vuitton sunglasses and a media day curtain to watch the circus from afar.
But Lynch couldn’t get away from Deion Sanders. The NFL Network analyst ran down the shy Seattle star for a brief interview. Deion hadn’t asked a question before Lynch went Beast Mode by dropping a casual profanity after Deion told him he looks good.
Deion didn’t acknowledge the verbal slip and proceeded with an interview that easily became the most interesting part of media day. Lynch said he doesn’t talk because he’s “just ’bout that action” and responded “hell yeah” when asked whether he was excited for the game. “Just go get it, no need to talk about it,” he said.
Lynch said he was going to “mind my business and stay in my own lane” at media day but cautioned that “game time, I’ll be there.”
It was great. Marshawn Lynch was being Marshawn Lynch. He was one of the few real things about media day. He doesn’t like talking to the press? So be it. Different strokes for different folks and all that.
Lynch’s running backs coach tried to explain the behavior from his star.
“He’s talking – all the time,” Sherman Smith told USA TODAY Sports. “Marshawn doesn’t dislike the media, he just doesn’t like doing this stuff, so it’s nothing personal with media – he just doesn’t enjoy it.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll concurred.
“He’s different with the team,” Carroll said. “He’s much more outgoing and gregarious when he’s with the team.”
The talking heads on television suggested Lynch deserved a big fine from the NFL for abandoning his media day responsibilities. I get it. If you let one player do it, then others might follow. Still, it’d be a bit hypocritical for the league to treat media day like an important event when it’s credentialing people dressed as Mozart and Waldo. If media day is for all kinds, then accept a star who’d prefer to let his play do the talking.
Contributing: Lorenzo Reyes.