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Should Marshawn Lynch Be Forced To Talk To The Media At The Super Bowl?

Submitted by on January 30, 2014 – 1:23 pmOne Comment

For whatever reason, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch does not like the media. He proved it on Tuesday when he chose to answer questions from reporters for just seven minutes—seven minutes—during the Seahawks’ hour-long Super Bowl media day session. He proved it again on Wednesday when he answered question for just—you guessed it—seven minutes at a press conference before bolting unexpectedly before the press conference was over. And really, if you sit back and think about it, he proved it all NFL season long when he ducked and dodged Seattle beat writers at every turn and didn’t utter a single word to them. He picked up a $50,000 fine for doing it.

Some people within the media have complained about Lynch’s behavior at the Super Bowl in New Jersey this week. They’ve said that Lynch is acting unprofessionally by not speaking with them. And they’ve filed formal complaints due to his lack of cooperation with regards to the media. Lynch himself has stated that he doesn’t like to speak with reporters and doesn’t want to be forced to do it. So should the NFL force him to do interviews both now and during the regular season? Or should they allow players to skip out on media obligations if they choose to do so?

The reality is that NFL players have to do interviews for the good of the league. If they don’t do them, reporters won’t have any stories to write about the NFL and the NFL won’t get as much press as they do now in newspapers and magazines and on the Internet. And while some NFL players might be OK with that, the NFL needs all of that press to stay as popular as it is right now. There are some sports leagues out there—even major sports league like the NHL—that would kill for the kind of coverage that many media outlets give to the NFL. So doing away with NFL players’ media obligations is pretty much out of the question at this point.

For that reason, guys like Lynch have to do what they can to act as professional as possible during their mandated interviews. They don’t have to be happy about doing them. But they do have to show up and, at the very least, answer the questions that are thrown their way. Otherwise, they’re going to end up in the same position as Lynch is in right now. He’s serving as a distraction to his team and stealing headlines from some of his other teammates simply because he’s refused play nice with the media. And for what? Just so he doesn’t have to answer questions? It seems like a pretty silly reason to do what Lynch is doing right now, don’t you think?

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