Why I Lost Respect for Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch is a great football player, but as to whether or not he's a good guy, that's debatable. Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Marshawn Lynch is a great football player, but as to whether or not he's a good guy, that's debatable.
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

People who see that headline will presume that I am an entitled media member who just wants players to jump when I tell them to. Anyone who actually knows me, knows that couldn’t be farther from the case.

I don’t know Marshawn Lynch. Anytime I had a chance to interview him, he didn’t show up. Sunday, he did a group interview after the Seahawks victory over Arizona. Here is the interview.  In it, he answered "yeah," and acknowledged that he was doing this just to avoid the fine.   Lynch didn’t break any rule, and I don’t advocate that he should in trouble, but let’s just say what it is: He’s being a jerk. (Feel free to insert any expletive in place of jerk, but my relationship with Sportsblog is new, so I’ll hold back for now.) He’s showing a lack of respect for people who are trying to do a job.

There is a dissenting opinion that states, his job is to rush for yardage on the football field, and that the media is just something extra for him to do. That doesn’t accurately portray the situation. Sports is an entertainment business, and the team performance is for an audience of fans. The media is simply a conduit from the player to the fan. Marshawn Lynch, with his obnoxious responses to questions yesterday, said he doesn’t care about the fans. Or he simply doesn’t know the conduit. I would think, throughout his college and pro career, someone would have the discussion with him. That’s why I rule out ignorance. It’s just obnoxious.

Since this blog is new, I feel like explaining my background on the Seahawks because I like to explain my point of view from the perspective that I have. I covered the Seahawks for 3 seasons, in the late 90’s. I covered the end of the Kingdome, the hiring of Mike Holmgren, and I voted on their new stadium. I have friends who work and cover the Seahawks. I love Seattle and it is tied with New York for being my favorite. The 4 years I lived there were special, and the city has a special place in my heart, and I have never ruled out returning to the Emerald City.

I helped out KJR’s coverage of the Seahawks last year during Super Bowl week, & found the team to easy to cover. I saw many players up close, including Russell Wilson & Richard Sherman, both of whom I would love to write blog posts about one of these days.

Lynch is certainly not the first player to treat the media with disrespect. If you want, replace the word Lynch with Belichek and the same stance exists. It’s not a crime, but it just not respectful of the job that sportswriters and broadcasters have to do.

I’ve spoken to people who know Lynch and say he’s a good guy. I’m sure he might be. I lost respect for him, because he demonstrated no respect for people in my industry. It’s that simple.

Some athletes give you standard cliché answers. Some, are very uncomfortable speaking to reporters. I have no issue with both of that, and have helped players in the past but asking simpler questions. Most recently, I thought Lucas Duda came out of his shell with regards to interviews. I still wouldn’t book him on the Tonight Show, but he’s pleasant and recognizes the job media people are trying to do.

I hope the Seattle victory yesterday signifies some big things as the NFL Season heads down the home stretch. But Marshawn Lynch could use a lesson in respect, because Sunday in Seattle, he showed none.