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Marshawn Lynch’s new line to stiff-arm media: ‘You know why I’m here’ (video)


For the second day in a row — let’s call it “Flakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” — Marshawn Lynch on Wednesday again complied with the NFL’s demand that he make himself available to the media during Super Bowl Week. And as expected, the Seattle Seahawks running back again did just barely enough to comply with the league’s stringent rules and regulations.

On Tuesday, otherwise known as Super Bowl Media Day, Lynch relied upon the line, “I’m here so I won’t get fined” — 25 times to 29 inquiries from the press, in fact — an act of obstinate recalcitrance that nevertheless helped him avoid a threatened $500,000 fine.

On Wednesday, though, Lynch mixed it up a bit, changing the line he repeated to each and every question from “I’m here so I won’t get fined” to “You know why I’m here.” It’s a subtle difference, sure, but given Lynch’s steadfast refusal to provide a worthwhile quote, any change in the script is noteworthy.

Lynch presumably stayed for the requisite time before taking a sip of water, saying, “Thank you, I appreciate it” before getting the heck out of Dodge.

As an aside, Lynch again donned a “Beast Mode” cap, a supposed transgression against policy that the NFL reportedly could deem an offense worthy of a fine.

No wonder why Lynch’s grandfather opined that his grandson would just as soon retire than have to deal with this exercise in awkward uselessness week after week. There has got to be a better way. For Lynch, for the NFL, for the media … for everyone.

[H/T The Big Lead]