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Marshawn Lynch and Bill Belichick Maintain Standoffish Relationship With The Media Amidst Ever-Mounting Hype Building Up To The Big Game In Glendale  


By Jeff Moses
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 30, 2014 — I’m not a Patriots fan or a Seahawks fan. But I am a fan of two of the most notorious media snubbers in the history of the National Football League — Marshawn Lynch and Bill Belichick. To my great joy, they are both participating in the Super Bowl. I love that two of the biggest stars heading into the Feb. 1 showdown in Glendale maintain a standoffish relationship with the media, and good on them for it.

First off, The Hoodie and Beast Mode don’t owe the media anything … except for their exceptionally ridiculous nicknames. So when the big-time media outlets get all antsy in their pantsy about Belichick and Lynch not wanting to talk to them it makes them look like the whiny babies that they are.

But we must also look at why Lynch and Belichick don’t want to talk to the media. For the Patriots head coach, it seems like a straightforward mind game. He likes to maintain an air of mystique around the “hoodie magic,” and never allow the media — or his opponents — to feel like they know what he is thinking.

But for Lynch, it appears to be quite a bit deeper than that. For a guy like Marshawn Lynch, a powerful and brash young talent in his prime, keeping silent in front of the media seems like self preservation. Beast Mode is exactly the type of player that the media likes to gang up and abuse for what he has to say, though in this case it is for what he refuses to say.

Why should an impassioned athlete like Marshawn Lynch stand before the press and speak his mind, if the press is going to inevitably twist his words as far as possible and come up with every euphemism for the n-word possible to call him? He’s seen it done to his outspoken teammate Richard Sherman, so why shouldn’t he expect the same thing to be done to him?

Outwardly, Lynch claims he maintains such a tumultuous relationship with the media because he doesn’t like being forced to do something he doesn't want to do, which to me is perfectly legitimate. Maybe after some games Marshawn Lynch really has nothing else to say except “the other team sucks,” and he knows he would be crucified for saying that, so he just keeps it to himself.

Furthermore the media very rarely asks a question worthy of a response. They either ask things that are blatant attempts to get players to bad mouth other teams, or they ask questions that are blatantly stupid.

“Uhm Marshawn hi, Eddie Engelbert USA Tribune. What was going through your mind when you were running for that 20-yard touchdown?”

How in the world is anyone supposed to answer that question?

It was glorious watching Marshawn Lynch duck and dodge questions at media day answering as many questions as possible with different turns of phrase for “I’m only here so I don’t get fined.”

His statement to the media yesterday was classic Lynch and makes the point that the mainstream media — white, black, yellow, purple, whatever — just don't get a guy like Lynch. And, instead of vilifying that, they should just let the man be who he is — a football player who doesn’t like being a puppet.

Some of his best lines Thursday (courtesy of the Sporting News) included this gem about the problems in the inner city: "When I’m in the inner city, come to the inner city and come and holler at me then."

Perhaps Lynche's point-of-view was most clearly expressed when he actually began to speak.

“I’m here preparing for a game, and y’all wanna ask me all these questions, which is understandable, I can get down down with that. But I told y’all, I’m not about to say nothing. So for the remainder of my three minutes, because I’m here, I’m available for y’all. I'm here, I'm available for y'all. I done talked. All of my requirements are fulfilled. So now, for the next three minutes, I’ll just be looking at y’all the way y’all looking at me. Thank you,” he said.

But the real gem of Marshawn’s Super Bowl media performance so far has to be his Skittles commercial.

Marshawn sat and a table with a giant bowl of Skittles and answered as many inane questions as Skittles could throw at him while he munched down on his favorite candy treat. It was just a tremendous middle finger to the American media which hounds him for his answers to equally ridiculous questions.

Keep it up Marshawn, give ‘em hell from me!

Jeff Moses a senior contributor at Modern Times Magazine. He can be reached at
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