I had some online discussions with folks yesterday about Marshawn Lynch, and how he repeatedly answered reporters at Super Bowl Media day with “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” I was saying that the NFL needs more Marshawn Lynch.
I received responses such as:
this guy is such a tool. When you join the NFL, you represent the NFL, which means your represent the Seahawks. People and kids look up to the players, their idols. And this guys is just an asshole, has been from day one. Great role model.
Let me get this straight: Marshawn Lynch sacrifices his body 16 Sundays a year to generate money for the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks. You know, the NFL, the organization that arbitrarily punishes players for off the field behavior, collectively bargains to make sure the players don’t get one more penny than they “deserve”, and repeatedly hid evidence of the long term effects of concussions.
Now somehow Lynch is the bad guy?
Personally, I think that Marshawn is a great role model. I want my kids looking up to someone who sticks up for himself against an organization like the NFL in the middle of their circus that is the Super Bowl. Honestly, how many ways does Marshawn have to make a statement that will mean something without losing his livelihood he’s worked so hard for?
Kudos to you, Marshawn.
Please just stop grabbing your crotch, ok? That’s one thing I don’t want my kids to emulate.