Seahawks' Lynch fumbles with media, teammate steps in

Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:08pm EST
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media-shy Marshawn Lynch shut down a mandatory session with Super Bowl reporters for a second consecutive day on Wednesday, but his Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Robinson helped out by standing in for the running back.

"I really don't have too much to say, boss," said Lynch, looking very uncomfortable while facing reporters at the running backs' table at the team hotel in Jersey City. "I appreciate it, but I don't get it.

"I'm just here just so I won't get fined, boss. That's the only reason why I'm here."

Lynch didn't speak to the media during the regular season and was fined $50,000 by the NFL for his silence. He appealed, and the fine was held in abeyance after he promised to comply with league policy knowing that any future violation would result in another $50,000 fine for $100,000 in total.

The running back expanded briefly on his rationale.

"I mean, if y'all say y'all is our bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans ain't really tripping, then what's the point, what's the purpose?

"They (the fans) got my back, I appreciate that. I don't get what's the bridge being built for."

At that point, fullback Robinson, who helps open up running lanes for Lynch, leaned over to offer him protection.   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