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Marshawn Lynch Refuses to Talk to Reporters

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    Marshawn Lynch has been on a role of refusing to answer any questions during post-game interviews. After being fined 100 thousand dollars for completely refusing to talk to reporters, he is now only responding with small repetitive sentences to loophole the system. Before the questioning even started this past Saturday, Lynch said this:

    "Yall want to try this again, huh.“You all are gonna try again? That’s what we’re gonna do? Gonna try one more time? One more time? One more try? One more try. We’ve got one more try. I mean, y’all can try all y’all want, but that’s what we’ve got. I mean, I don’t know what to tell you. I’m just — thank you. I don’t know.

    After which the interviews got only the response, "I'm thankful" to all the questions they had asked. He says this with one hundred percent seriousness in his tone and facial expression. A lot of people seem to be confused as to why he is doing this, but I think it's pretty clear. He just plain doesn't want to be bothered any more than he already is. He want's to be able to choose when and if he is questioned at all. I understand where he is coming from, although I think it's a bit of a situation he got himself into. He is a NFL player. Rather, a NFL superstar. Along with that come interviews. That's just part of the cake.

    What do you think? Do you think he has every right to do this? Or none at all.



    Here's another of a previous interview: "Thanks for asking"
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    I think he gets paid millions and millions of dollars to perform. Pre and post-game (and all others in between) interviews are part of his performance.
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    Vape1021 Wrote: I think he gets paid millions and millions of dollars to perform. Pre and post-game (and all others in between) interviews are part of his performance.
    I have to disagree with you here. We don't force CEO's or hedge fund managers who make millions upon millions of dollars to talk to the press. And someone who controls our 401(k)'s and credit scores has far more control over our every day lives than a running back ever will.

    I can't think of any reason to force a professional athlete to talk to the press. There is no other profession in the world, outside of the media industry, where you are forced to talk to talk to the press. But for whatever reason, we force our professional athletes to talk. Why would I care what they have to say? I have no problem if they want to talk to the press, but they shouldn't be forced to.
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    BearDown Wrote:
    Vape1021 Wrote: I think he gets paid millions and millions of dollars to perform. Pre and post-game (and all others in between) interviews are part of his performance.
    I have to disagree with you here. We don't force CEO's or hedge fund managers who make millions upon millions of dollars to talk to the press. And someone who controls our 401(k)'s and credit scores has far more control over our every day lives than a running back ever will.

    I can't think of any reason to force a professional athlete to talk to the press. There is no other profession in the world, outside of the media industry, where you are forced to talk to talk to the press. But for whatever reason, we force our professional athletes to talk. Why would I care what they have to say? I have no problem if they want to talk to the press, but they shouldn't be forced to.
    I agree with you BearDown. Yes he's an athlete, but that doesn't mean he has to be forced into speaking.
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    Unless it's a part of the contractual obligations for rbs to talk at length with reporters, I say more power to him for any way he chooses to deal with the press. We complain when Richard Sherman yells into a mic after a heated moment in a game. We complain when players grandstand about social issues, and use the press to settle scores and trash talk. And then we complain when they don't... Why don't we just give all the super athletes scripts, crowd sourced and pre-approved so the general public really feels like they get their money's worth.. this is stupid. He is a great running back, and plays every play like it's his last. I have nothing but respect for the guy at this point.
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    I think that post game interviews, for a set amount of time (say, 15 mins) could be negotiated with the Players Union; with appropriate fines for non-participates.

    Definitely(!!) Not mandated by Owners/G.M's or Managers...

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    Ron Wrote:

    I think that post game interviews, for a set amount of time (say, 15 mins) could be negotiated with the Players Union; with appropriate fines for non-participates.

    Definitely(!!) Not mandated by Owners/G.M's or Managers...

    I think it should 100% be up to the players if they do interviews after games. I don't think there should be any fines for non-participants. Good interviews should be rewarded, if only with a small bonus or something.