Richard Sherman curt with media in show of solidarity with Marshawn Lynch (vids)
While Marshawn Lynch was conducting his now-infamous media availability session following the Seattle Seahawks’ 19-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday when all his responses were of the one-word variety, Richard Sherman was on the other side of the locker room, delivering a message of his own to reporters in a show of solidarity with the heavily fined running back.
Sherman, clearly of the mindset that Lynch was wrongfully fined after the media-shy running back did not speak with reporters following the team’s loss to the Chiefs last week, was quite surly with reporters, tersely answering questions before standing up and informing the assembled media the reasons for his standoffish behavior.
Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL — as well an additional $50,000 held in abeyance due to a similar incident last season — and speculation out of Seattle is that many Seahawks players are unhappy with the media, who they see as being partly responsible for Lynch’s continual awkward run-ins with them.
Sherman started off the interview session with more insightful responses, but matters changed course quickly. When asked about the Seahawks holding the Cardinals to only three points, Sherman cut off the line of questioning, simply stating, “Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter,” per a Seattle Post-Intelligencer report.
When the line of inquiry changed to Seattle’s upcoming opponent, the heated rival San Francisco 49ers, Sherman cut reporters off again.
“We don’t care,” Sherman responded to a question about facing the Niners on short rest on Thursday night. “Don’t care. Don’t care who the opponent is; don’t care about the short week.”
That effectively put an abrupt end to Sherman’s media availability (video of the corner’s locker room interview session can be seen in its entirety at NFL.com).
“That’s what happens when Marshawn gets fined,” Sherman said as he stood up and walked away. “You think this was bad? Wait ’til my press conference next week.”
Sherman’s chilly interaction with the media Sunday is believed to stem in part from Seahawks players’ perceptions that the media is causing trouble for Lynch.
710 ESPN Seattle radio host Danny O’Neil, via Seattle P.I.’s reporting, eloquently stated last week that it is his opinion that the press is “messing with their aquarium — flicking on the glass, and Marshawn Lynch just wanted to hide out in the castle.” The report also noted that the locker room was “particularly icy last Wednesday” after Lynch was assessed his fine.
Given that Lynch’s future is rumored to be up in the air with the Seahawks and that he might not be back next season, players, or at least Sherman, want to make it abundantly clear that as long as Lynch is in Seattle, his teammates will have his back.
(photo credit: Ted S. Warren, Associated Press, vids via SB Nation)