Lynch & The Media

The NFL hasn’t lacked in storylines in what has been arguably the worst PR year in the history of the league. From Ray Rice to “Deflate Gate”, it’s been one headline after another. The one headline or “story” that seems to garner more attention than it should is Marshawn Lynch and his lack of affection towards the media. Anyone who’s followed this story knows the Lynch has been fined throughout the year for his continual absence during mandatory media sessions. He appeared for the Super Bowl media day on Tuesday and answered every question the same way and in turn, said absolutely nothing. There are many who are praising his defiance towards the media and others who find it ridiculous.  I am one who finds it ridiculous.

There’s a fundamental issue that not many are bringing up in regards to the Lynch saga and I’m unclear as to why. Anyone who has a job understands the basic principle that when given the opportunity to have a job, you’re given a specific job spec and expected to follow it. Those who don’t (and continue to do so) will inevitably be fired. When Lynch signed his multimillion dollar contract he must have glossed over the part where, because he’s a star player (and being paid as one), he’s expected to be available to the media after the game and on scheduled media days. Since he has made a mockery of the process the NFL continues to fine him, and they should.

It makes no sense to argue with those who think Lynch is doing the right thing and that he’s amusing because frankly, they’re idiots. He signed a contract and should be held to the same standard as everyone else is. Those in the media and elsewhere who are screaming from the rooftops in defense of his actions are hypocrites. None of them (especially the media) would not follow their job-spec because they know they’re dispensable and can be let go at any time.

Lynch’s actions prove that he’s not very bright. Rather than just sucking it up and speaking to the media for a couple times a week, he’d rather get fined a minimum of $25,000 per offense. He’s going to end up in the sequel to the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary series “Broke” if he continues down this path.

As a football fan I love watching Lynch play. He’s the most difficult running back to tackle in the NFL and has been (in my opinion) the MVP for the Seahawks this season and will be the most important player for them come Sunday. There’s no denying Lynch’s prowess on the football field however, that doesn’t make him above reproach in regards to the rules of the league which employs him; and continues to pay him handsomely for his services.

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