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Marshawn Lynch’s latest interaction with media a sublime exercise in passive-aggressiveness


While Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch may be known for going “Beast Mode” on the football field, his conduct when forced to interact with the media can only be described as “Least Mode,” as in he’ll do the least required of him to make sure he doesn’t run afoul of the NFL.

Lynch has been engaging in an appeal process with the league over his steadfast refusal to grant unfettered access to the media, a stance that often results in awkward interactions like the one below that occurred last week:

Yeesh, that’s borderline unwatchable. Talk about uncomfortable.

Lynch originally was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his noncompliance with the league policy, but a groundswell of support via an online campaign which fans pledged to pay Lynch’s fine. The move may have swayed the NFL, as the fine reportedly is now on the back-burner.

Lynch posted a message on his Facebook page on Wednesday that indicated he had won his the appeal and would not be fined:

Lynch deserves credit for offering to match any funds pledged and donate the money to charity, even if all pledges are returned. However, according to an report, while Lynch hasn’t been fined yet, that does not mean a fine in the future is off the table if the running back continues to be surly with the media.

 In reality, Lynch isn’t quite out of the woods with the NFL. A league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, heard the appeal and decided to hold the $50,000 in abeyance for now after Lynch committed to complying with league policy, and with the understanding that any additional violation will result in the $50,000 being collected, and a minimum fine of $50,000 more being assessed.

Lynch’s latest interaction with media members occurred on Thursday, and from the transcription of it (via Tacoma News Tribune beat writer Todd Dybas), Lynch is barely cooperating with league rules.

Good grief. As stated above, Lynch’s behavior indeed is a sublime exercise in passive-aggressiveness.

Maybe if reporters offered Lynch some Skittles. Perhaps that would help. Somehow, I doubt it.

[H/T Sports Grid]