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Grant Cohn: Why mute Marshawn Lynch is wrong (w/VIDEO)

  • Marshawn Lynch rests against a wall from from any reporters at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

Should you care that Marshawn Lynch refuses to talk to the media?

Yes, you should. He's not honoring his contract, the standard player contract which mandates talking to the media.

I understand not caring. Fans don't like the media. If Lynch wants to bail on interviews, that's his business. He earns $5 million per year. He can afford to pay the fine. But he's giving you the shaft and passing his responsibility to teammates who now have to talk endlessly about him. That goes for Super Bowl Week and that went for the entire season.

Lynch took a vow of silence this season, did not talk to the media at all. The NFL fined him $50,000, but rescinded the fine hoping Lynch would participate in interviews before the Super Bowl. If he did not participate, the NFL would fine him $100,000.

So, he participated. Sort of.

On Tuesday, Lynch walked away from reporters after mumbling short answers to their questions for fewer than seven minutes. The NFL did not fine Lynch. It supported him. Its official statement was, “Players are required to participate and he participated.”

The Professional Football Writers of America flipped and wrote its own official statement: “(We are) extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access to Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch at the Super Bowl XLVIII media day on Tuesday. Several of our long-standing and high profile members were appalled by Mr. Lynch's conduct and refusal to answer any questions. We find the statement by the league to be an affront to our membership.”

Lynch didn't care. On Wednesday, he was even worse than he was on Tuesday. It's like he developed lockjaw. Fullback Michael Robinson and backup running back Robert Turbin sat next to Lynch during the interview and tried to loosen him up. Nothing doing. Lynch mumbled, “I'm just here so I don't get fined.”

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