Marshawn Lynch at Super Bowl media day: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” -
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated “I’m just here so I don’t get fined” for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day.
About 200 reporters crowded around Lynch’s podium for at least 15 minutes before he arrived. But Lynch wouldn’t answer any questions.
He set a timer on his phone, caught a bag of Skittles tossed from the crowd and stopped to pick up a reporter’s recorder off the floor before he walked away.
Lynch stayed at his designated podium for 4 minutes, 51 seconds — or over an hour less than all of his teammates and coaches. At the 4:51 mark, he said “time,” stood up and walked away from microphone.
-Lynch had been threatened with a $500,000 fine by the NFL if he failed to make himself available on media day. Lynch has accumulated $100,000 in fines this season for violations of the league’s media policy. An NFLPA executive monitored Lynch’s appearance Tuesday.
NFL contracts merely require players to make themselves available to the media, an obligation Lynch apparently satisfied with his single answer.