Darren Rovell | ESPN.com
NEWARK, N.J. — Marshawn Lynch showed up at Super Bowl media day. Barely.
The Seattle Seahawks running back, who wasn’t given a podium, spoke to the media for six minutes and 20 seconds Tuesday before retreating to a back wall at the Prudential Center.
In his few minutes of talking with the media, Lynch said his fans weren’t worried about what he would say.
“They just want to make sure I show up to perform,” he said.
Lynch ignored the media from that point on except for granting the NFL Network a brief interview, when he repeatedly said that media day “ain’t my thing.”
“No need to talk about it,” Lynch told NFL Network. “Was raised like that. … Game time, though, I’ll be there.”
Players are required to attend media day, but it’s unclear how the league will react to Lynch’s lack of cooperation. At least initially, it appears as if Lynch might have satisfied his obligations.
“Players are required to participate and he participated,” league spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN.com.
After not speaking to the media for the entire season, Lynch was fined $50,000 by the league. But that fine was held in abeyance after Lynch promised to speak. He did so before both weeks of the playoffs.
The terms of Lynch’s fine being put on hold, however, was that the $50,000 would be collected and that he also would be fined another amount if he didn’t talk to the media.
“He doesn’t feel comfortable in settings like this,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “And he doesn’t like to do things he’s told to do. Fortunately that hasn’t been a factor for our football team.
“But in this setting, he becomes something of a recluse and he doesn’t want to be part of it. We try to respect him as much as we can.”
The largest fine in Super Bowl media day history is believed to be the $100,000 the league levied on Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher seven years ago for wearing a hat with the logo of Vitaminwater, a non-league sponsor.
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