Lynch wasn’t given a podium and insisted media day isn’t “his thing”.
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch snubbed reporters on Super Bowl media day on Tuesday, but appears to have fulfilled his obligations with minimal comment.
Lynch wasn’t given a podium for the event, but did engage in a short interview with the NFL Network for a brief chat, where he insisted that media day “ain’t my thing”.
The 27-year-old spent the majority of the day in the background at the Prudential Center, while claiming that his fans weren’t worried about what he would say, but were more concerned with his performance on the field on Sunday.
“No need to talk about it,” Lynch told NFL Network, as reported by ESPN.
“Was raised like that. … Game time, though, I’ll be there.”
While players are required to attend media day it had been unclear as to how the NFL would react to Lynch’s behaviour and lack of co-operation.
However, a league spokesman suggested that “players are required to participate and he participated”, which ultimately means that Lynch will avoid any punishment.
After not speaking to the media for the entire season, Lynch was fined $50,000 by the league, although that was held in abeyance after the Seahawks star promised to speak.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll defended his running back, insisting that not only does Lynch not feel comfortable in settings such as media day, he invariably doesn’t like doing what he is told to do although that doesn’t apply to playing football.
The largest fine in Super Bowl media day history was handed out to Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher seven years ago for $100,000, after he wore a hat with the logo of Vitaminwater on it, which was a non-league sponsor.