Mixed up in all the Super Bowl coverage and festivities is Seattle Seahawks running back and resident introvert Marshawn Lynch. For the past week, he has been caught up in a media induced ‘controversy’ of sorts that he did (or did not) contribute to depending on your point of view. Lynch, for the bulk of his career does not like to talk to the media or in general for that matter. Yet the media has continued to attempt to question and hound him knowing full well his unwillingness to talk to them. For them, it’s either say something so we can create a story or we’ll blast you for not being open and expressing yourself. I’ve been listening to pundits talk all week and question “who looks worse, Marshawn or the media?” But to me it’s been no contest.
“Cue The Rant!”
Talking to the media is not what Marshawn Lynch signed up for. Marshawn signed up for the NFL under the simple auspices that he would simply be playing football. Now I’m sure he understood that making yourself available to talk to the media came with the job. But he is not obligated to open his heart and answer every question asked of him. Marshawn seems to be a simple and introverted man. He has always been known to keep completely to himself and not talk much at all. So much so that all his years in the NFL he has managed to stay quiet and out of trouble during his long tenure.
What seems lost on the sports media is the fact that athletes aren’t obligated to do what you want them to do. Of course people in the media are all obviously very much invested in having players and athletes talk for their own personal and business gains (better stories with more context for the reader) but just because you are required to talk to them doesn’t mean they have to give you want you want.
Contrary to what Stephen A. Smith and Jemele Hill believe, he doesn’t owe anybody anything. Not his fans, not his friends and not his community. He shouldn’t feel obligated to speak “for the sake of his fans” He talks and provides for his family, he gives back philanthropically to his community and plays hard and performs for the fans and is successful for the Seahawks organization and the city of Seattle. So he doesn’t owe anybody anything. Marshawn Lynch is a grown man and does not have to do anything he doesn’t want to do. He also doesn’t owe fans anything other than his best when he’s out on the field, which judging by his numbers and the championship he helped deliver last season, is something he provides.
Marshawn Lynch does he job and does it well. I know the fact that Marshawn is actively defiant against speaking to the media drives some people crazy. You view it as’ hindering your job’. I defintiely understand why the media and some would be upset. But you have to understand that while it upsets you, he is well within his rights and doesn’t owe you a word or a reason as to why. You don’t have to like it but you have to understand and respect it.
That’s it for this week. Don’t forget to cue the Sir Charles.