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07:31 AM ET 01.28 | One of the biggest days on the NFL's media calendar may go off without one of its more interesting storylines. As of Monday, [Marshawn Lynch], the NFL's answer to Greta Garbo, was still deciding whether to show up for the mandatory team-interview session, even at the risk of incurring fines that could exceed $100,000. Even if he does appear at the podium, look for Lynch to give a figurative stiff-arm to reporters' questions with the same ferocity he displays when pushing away would-be tacklers on his trademark Beast Mode rushes. "If you're forced to do something, it's not as good as if you choose to do it," Lynch told NFL Media last week during an expansive interview. ... "So no, I won't have a lot of interesting things to say.

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January 28, 2014  07:38 AM ET

Come on Man, Lighten Up!!!!

January 28, 2014  07:42 AM ET

There are still REAL football players that don't need the microphones and lime light.

January 28, 2014  07:45 AM ET

Enjoy the experience. May never get back there dude!

January 28, 2014  08:33 AM ET

$100,000 for not talking to media....wow! get a grip beastmode

January 28, 2014  08:40 AM ET

He's avoiding the extra attention in order to get even more attention.

January 28, 2014  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He's avoiding the extra attention in order to get even more attention.

haha, yes

January 28, 2014  08:52 AM ET

He doesn't speak well in front of audiences. Or people in general.

January 28, 2014  08:54 AM ET

I can't blame the guy and what's a 100,000 to him

January 28, 2014  09:06 AM ET
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There are still REAL football players that don't need the microphones and lime light.

I totally disagree. Here is why:

The media IS the NFL's main customer. Not you or me or the fan who goes to the game. Without that stream of revenue there is NO NFL. It would be out of business in a year. TV and the like bought the rights to player access as part of the deal. It is written.

Lynch would make a tenth of what he makes playing football without that media revenue. He and every other player OWES access in return. Period. He is just a selfish egotistical tool. If he thinks he is worth millions as a football player just because then he is also an idiot. He is only worth big money because of the media revenue....


So says I.

January 28, 2014  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I totally disagree. Here is why:The media IS the NFL's main customer. Not you or me or the fan who goes to the game. Without that stream of revenue there is NO NFL. It would be out of business in a year. TV and the like bought the rights to player access as part of the deal. It is written.Lynch would make a tenth of what he makes playing football without that media revenue. He and every other player OWES access in return. Period. He is just a selfish egotistical tool. If he thinks he is worth millions as a football player just because then he is also an idiot. He is only worth big money because of the media revenue....So says I.

I agree. more importantly, its simply about professionalism. These guys are professional athletes who get paid crazy money who are playing on the biggest stage in their field of work. Be a professional and at least try to do your best to articulate some thoughts on the big game.

January 28, 2014  09:15 AM ET

The NFL is a business. Imagine any business that when your biggest customer, the one that makes you profitable calls and wants to talk to a certain representative and that representative refuses to talk to you.

What would happen?. You lose your best customer and that representative gets fired.

It is in every players NFL contract to provide access to the media. Lynch is breaking his contract...Ya take the money ya do the job....

January 28, 2014  09:17 AM ET
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I agree. more importantly, its simply about professionalism. These guys are professional athletes who get paid crazy money who are playing on the biggest stage in their field of work. Be a professional and at least try to do your best to articulate some thoughts on the big game.

Yes it is about being a professional. As I say, he signed an NFL contract and a deal is a deal....

January 28, 2014  09:20 AM ET

The business is for the business owners. These guys play football. If Marshawn is uncomfortable talking to the press, let him pass. Let one of the guys that got cut in preseason talk.

January 28, 2014  09:20 AM ET

Get ready to be hounded then because you just gave the media reasons to come bug you and ask you lame questions just to hear you give lame answers. But hey, if you are willing to fork over 100K+ in fines to miss it, knock yourself out. We won't miss you either.

January 28, 2014  09:22 AM ET
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Yes it is about being a professional. As I say, he signed an NFL contract and a deal is a deal....

I don't blame him one bit. The media loves to misquote these guys and create a story.

January 28, 2014  09:28 AM ET
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I don't blame him one bit. The media loves to misquote these guys and create a story.

Then do as most of them do. Don't say anything stupid. Look, it is in every NFL contract and the reason there is so much money on the table for players and owners alike. The media streams don't pay that kind of cash just to show games. They need to promo the product so they can make a buck too.

ESPN and all of them should demand money back from the NFL. Then see what happens. The league fines these guys for a reason. Lynch is no martyr or leader or some noble beast. He wants it both ways....

January 28, 2014  09:36 AM ET

Can't disagree 50, but that door swings both ways. However the media isn't held to any professional standards so you can't blame anyone for avoiding the jackals. Anything said to them will be twisted, abbreviated, or paraphrased to make a scandalous headline and sell a few papers. Until the media police their own and prove they are responsible journalist you can't expect cooperation from the players. Half of them have the oratory skills of a trained ape....a testosterone filled trained ape at that. Nothing good can come out of these guys talking to the press. More to the point most of them have nothing of interest to say anyway. So there's no upside in interviews with the American press. My advise to the players is answer yes or no to all questions and be so boring they never ask you anything again.

January 28, 2014  09:36 AM ET
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Then do as most of them do. Don't say anything stupid. Look, it is in every NFL contract and the reason there is so much money on the table for players and owners alike. The media streams don't pay that kind of cash just to show games. They need to promo the product so they can make a buck too.ESPN and all of them should demand money back from the NFL. Then see what happens. The league fines these guys for a reason. Lynch is no martyr or leader or some noble beast. He wants it both ways....

As usual 50, spot on.

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January 28, 2014  09:54 AM ET

Waterboard him. He will talk.

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