Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch doesn't get along well with the media. Previously punished for not speaking to the media, Lynch lasted all of six minutes during Super Bowl XLVIII Media Day. He didn't fare much better today during a mandatory media session. Marshawn Lynch was clearly uncomfortable with the whole process and it turned into an awkward situation for all involved.
Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 earlier this season for not speaking to the media. It has become apparent that the Seattle Seahawks running back isn't comfortable speaking to the media, and it doesn't seem to be a malicious avoidance of his duties. Lynch seems to be legitimately uncomfortable with the attention and made it clear that he showed up only to avoid a fine.
Marshawn Lynch explained his relationship with the media and the attention he receives as an athlete:
"I appreciate it but I just don't get it."
Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson – much more comfortable with the media (he actually had his own YouTube channel that he used to create a show he called "The Real Rob Report") – did his best to lighten the mood and get Marshawn Lynch out of his shell. He cut in on the action after a question, holding his phone like a recorder as he asked a playful question. When a few more questions from reporters were met with painfully short responses, Robinson took over and began answering for Lynch.
Marshawn Lynch's time with the media ended with him climbing over chairs to get away. His escape was on his mind from the beginning, as he wasn't happy when Robert Turbin sat on one side of him with Michael Robinson on the other. When Turbin say down, Lynch asked why he was blocking him in.
Apparently the Beast Mode lifestyle doesn't allow much time for media interaction. But with players like Michael Robinson and Richard Sherman eager to give sound bites, is it really that big of a deal that Marshawn Lynch shies away from the media spotlight?
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