NEW YORK -- Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has been accused of talking too much. This week, teammate Marshawn Lynch hasn't talked enough, at least to the NFL's liking. Lynch was scarce at Tuesday's Super Bowl Media Day, and he lasted less than 10 minutes in Wednesday's media session, admitting that he showed up "so I don't have to pay the fine."
And while the league would like all Super Bowl participants to make themselves available, Lynch's teammates are saying the media demands are silly.
"What is there to get? He doesn't like talking to the media," wide receiver Doug Baldwin said. "That's not what he's about. I think it's ridiculous that the NFL forces him to do that. They've threatened fines; they've threatened suspensions that if he didn't talk to the media they were going to come down with harsh punishment. I don't get it. You get fined for talking too much, you get fined for not talking at all. I don't think he's misunderstood; that's just who he is. There's nothing to misunderstand. He's the most up-front and blunt person about who he is, so I don't think there's much to misunderstand."
Despite the public perception that Lynch can't be bothered with media obligations, the reality, Baldwin says, is that Lynch is a good guy who is liked by teammates.
"He's a very caring person," Baldwin said. "He's compassionate about his teammates. He's always looking out for his teammates, and it doesn't matter what it is. He's a big, caring guy. He's not fake. He's very blunt and honest about who he is. He doesn't hesitate to voice his opinion about something to his teammates. A lot of respect is given to him because he's that way."
Wide recover Golden Tate agreed, calling Lynch "a really good guy." Tate, like Baldwin, said he thinks it's all "ridiculous," adding that Lynch's "job isn't to talk to the media, it's to play football. I don't think it's fair at all."
Good news for Marshawn: Thursday is the last day players have to speak to the media.