Football: Marshawn Lynch gives lesson on how to become the Media Day story without really trying

Former Cal star Marshawn Lynch, threatened by the NFL with a $100,000 fine, participated in Tuesday’s annual Super Bowl Media Day.

Sort of.

Here are links to a few stories about Lynch’s unusual day with the media:

ESPN.com writes about how the Seattle Seahawks’ running back said his fans don’t care if he talks.”They just want to make sure I show up to perform,” he said.

— The Seattle Times provides a complete (albeit abbreviated) transcript of all Lynch had to say during his brief session with reporters.

— New York Post columnist George Willis reports that “Beast Mode was on Least Mode” during his 6 1/2 minutes with the media.

— The New York Daily News reports that Lynch made himself into the story of Media Day by trying not to be a story at all.

Yahoo Sports gives us all the details of Lynch’s endorsement deal with Skittles.

— Here is Cal grad and NFL Media columnist Michael Silver’s story on Lynch from an interview he did last week before the running back knew whether he’d attend Media Day.

— And, finally, Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith tells NFL.com he hasn’t seen a running back quite like Marshawn Lynch.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Juancho

    I think Lynch is wasting an opportunity to be a great role model for kids who grow up rough like him.

    Just like i found shermans rant selfish and misguided. Same thing for Lynch.

    Its self serving.

    I know he does a lot for the community. But his story of overcoming obstacles would be powerful. Instead hes feeding the stereotype he claims to hate. I.e., the maladjusted “thug”. Which is bogus because he was an honour roll student in high school.

  • Raf
  • Will

    Why did my comment get deleted? All I said was that at least he’s not an attention seeking clown like Sherman.

    (I initially used a commonly used shorthand nickname for Richard, which apparently led to the post being flagged for moderation. But I then edited the post to remove that name.)

  • covinared

    Not sympathetic. He knew what he was getting into and would have kept playing had the league cleared him as he sought.

  • Juancho

    Hes not. But hes reinforcing stereotypes as well. The hoodie and the sunglasses? Grow up.

  • Will

    I’m of the mindset that he can dress however he wants. If he wants to be a good role model, he should make sure he never drinks and drives again.

  • Juancho

    I can respect that. I do disagree though. With all the Trayvon Martin stuff and everything else, something we’ve stressed on our baseball team is teaching them to be as safe as possible in all environments.

    And I’m a believer that adolescent african american and latinos (but not exclusively) put themselves at risk when they walkaround with their hoods over their head and dark glasses/headphones on. It’s a nitpicky thing.

    So I look at it from the perspective of kids will emulate it and wear their hoods on indoors, etc. because Marshawn does it and he “made it”. Even though Marshawn is the 1 in a million. Not the other 999,999 that will fight all their lives to escape poverty.

  • Will

    That’s a fair point, in terms of looking out for your kids – and a responsible perspective. But I think this whole thing is more of an indictment on our societal views more than anything else. The fact that wearing a hood like that and having dark skin can lead to you getting in trouble is just wrong. I believe that it’s more crucial from society to change, than for someone like Marshawn to change. Not going to happen overnight though.

  • wgward

    “Society” is not going to change.

  • wgward

    You are right: way to keep your kids safe.

  • wgward

    Maybe he does not want to be a role model? He is “just himself.”