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Marshawn Lynch’s only goal at media day: Don’t get fined

Marshawn Lynch had 4 minutes and 30 seconds to fill.

That was his league obligation at Super Bowl media day Tuesday in Phoenix.

So he won’t get fined.

Behind sunglasses and under a fitted cap, he stayed in front of media members a few seconds longer than he had to with one answer: “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

He said it 29 times to 29 questions.

Not even former NFL great Deion Sanders, who is now with the NFL Network, could get him to break from his script, even with a few cracks at it.

Sanders: “So you won’t get fined?”


Lynch: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

Sanders: “Does it bother you with all the attention and they just want you to talk and you really don’t?”

Lynch: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.”

Sanders: “I pretty much know why you won’t talk. Is it because you don’t trust anyone or they could misconstrue your words?”

Lynch: “Just so I won’t get fined, boss.”

Sanders: “Are you still about that action boss?”

Lynch: “Just here so I won’t get fined.”

He opened by letting everyone know he wouldn’t be offering up much except his rehearsed one line

“Be as quick as y’all want to. I’m going to answer with the same answer, so y’all can shoot if y’all please,” he said as he sat down.

At one point, he threw up peace signs with both hands, which elicited cheering from Seahawks fans inside the US Airways Center.

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Lynch, who earlier this season in a session with Seattle media answered every question with “Thanks for asking,” or some variation of that, has accrued $100,000 in fines in his career for blowing off media obligations. Monday night, Lynch, a known lover of Skittles, was featured in a video produced by the candy company with him answering off-the-wall questions, poking fun at his aversion to dealing with his media obligations.


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