Lynch ditches Super Bowl Media Day after six minutes

Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:01pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - Notoriously media-shy running back Marshawn Lynch made a brief appearance at Super bowl Media Day on Tuesday, tolerating six minutes of questions before abruptly walking away.

Lynch, whose power running spearheads Seattle's offense, may have offered the crush of reporters enough time to dodge a potential $50,000 fine by the NFL, even though he spent the remaining 53 minutes of the mandatory media session standing back, eying the scene from behind dark sunglasses.

"I'm just about action," Lynch said, explaining why he did not like dealing with the media. "You say 'hut' and there's action. All the unnecessary talk, it don't do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?"

Lynch declined a featured podium space befitting a player of his stature, and instead stood behind a barrier closest to the entrance/exit tunnel at Prudential Center.

Lynch didn't speak to the media during the regular season and was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his silence.

The running back appealed, and the fine was held in abeyance after Lynch promised to comply with league policy with the understanding that any additional violation would result in the $50,000 being collected and a minimum fine of another $50,000 assessed.

During his brief audience with the media, the University of California-Berkeley standout who goes by the nickname "Beast Mode," reflected on his early playing days.

"The first time I told my momma I was going to play in the NFL, I was young. Probably Pop Warner (youth football age).   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch keeps a low profile during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri