Hey, look. I mean, all week, I told y’all what’s up. And for some reason, y’all continue to come and do the same that that y’all did. I don’t know what story you’re trying to get out of me, I don’t know what image you’re trying to portray of me, but it’d don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me. Because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face — my family, that I love — that’s all that really matters to me.

Marshawn Lynch following a particularly rambling comment (not even a question) from a sports reporter today. He went on to encourage the reporters to “make up whatever y’all want to make up,” and noted that he knows that when he doesn’t say enough, that reporters get angry.

“If y’all ain’t mad at me, when what’re y’all here for?”

“I ain’t got nothing for y’all,” said Lynch, who was visibly frustrated not only over the media circus that the NFL requires of him, but of the way that reporters continued to try to press him. “Y’all should know that. But y’all will continue to sit here, like right now, and continue to do the same thing. I’m here preparing for a game, and y’all wanna ask me all these questions.”

Which is a really excellent point; Marshawn Lynch is clearly a man who does not like interviews; even his team has backed his choice to say very little.

And yet, the sports reporters — who themselves don’t seem particularly serious about the job at times — continue to circle like sharks, hoping they’ll be the one to get the magic moment that will finally them them noticed, either by Lynch or by the press at large. Then, when Marshawn Lynch does exactly what he says he is going to do and always has done, they’re upset.

Lynch later went on to say that he understood why they were there, but that he would, after meeting his NFL requirements, be taking no more questions. 

Reporters continued to ask questions. Lynch, after recommending that a good way to speak to him was when he was doing his charity work in the inner city, said relatively little, aside from shouting out to Oakland, Africa, and his family. 

(via seattlish)

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