What's wrong with Marshawn Lynch not speaking to media? Well, for the NFL, it's someone who is "disobeying" one of their asinine rules. There is no reason why any player should need to speak to the press. They can promote the NFL by playing football, on their own time, and basically just by being a part of the NFL. If someone is watching an NFL player in an interview after an NFL game, that person, most likely, already knows about the NFL and is interested. So where is the issue?
News media doesn't like it because it supposedly ruins their ability to tell a story. Right. Marshawn Lynch not talking to you after a game means it will be next to impossible for you to speak on the game. News media personnel who complain about Lynch not speaking, sound like they're back in preschool and Marshawn took the square block. One in particular had the audacity to claim that Lynch has "voided his right to privacy". Screw Lynch being a human, and therefore subject to having a life away from a football field (poor guy, why would he want such a thing anyway?), he has made 60 million dollars to this point in his career, and he grabs on his nuts when he dives in the end zone sometimes, so he doesn't get to be private... I don't even get it.
If Lynch isn't talking about the run game, why not ask the offensive linemen that open the holes for him? Why not talk to the fullback who leads him through the hole, and most certainly discusses plays with Marshawn? Is it so difficult? No, it's not difficult to find a story elsewhere, it's not difficult to find someone else to speak with, but in their infinite wisdom (and incredible arrogance), news media personnel have decided that because Lynch won't talk to them he is an arrogant prick who thinks he is above the game (or some other absurd notion such as "a Greta Garbo in cleats"; Garbo, by the way, was a silent film era actress) and somehow Lynch's silence paints him "in the worst possible light". Get over yourselves. Let the man live the life he wants to live because, well, it's his life. It's pure arrogance to claim that someone who makes a certain amount of money, or is famous enough, has an obligation to speak with media. Marshawn Lynch is going to play in the Super Bowl on Sunday, and he may have a monster game, but there will never be a time when he should feel obligated to tell me about that game. The numbers he puts up, will speak louder than anything he can possibly say afterwards.
Player and coach interviews are a farce. They're not utilized to get deeper insight to the game, but to provide a quote for a preconceived story. The most important players, as per press conferences (let alone the analysis from week to week) are the skill players, especially the quarterback. The most vital players are decided by the numbers they put up in the game, and kickers, sometimes, get interviewed only if they do something wildly awesome, or miss a big kick. Most defensive players have to be absurdly good, a scapegoat, or a humorous interview. Offensive linemen are basically only interviewed when they miss a block. All this being the case, and the NFL still feels they are in the right forcing players to do interviews? Journalists still feel a strange sense of entitlement, knowing they will be using whatever quote they find to paint they're own picture? Often that becomes a negative.
An honest interview is damn near impossible to find because the honest words will be taken out of context, sometimes by accident, and often on purpose. Every story is self serving. Journalists gave up the right to complain about the answers they were given, the moment they started adding their own spin and interpretation to another person's words. I applaud people like Marshawn Lynch, Richard Sherman, and Bill Belichick. I love that they refuse to abide by the league's, and media's, opinions regarding the right way to conduct oneself in an interview. You're correct, Sir Leo Roth, perception is reality. And the perception of journalists is that they are not friends to the people they are interviewing. Work on your own reality, before forcing someone to change theirs.
I haven't been as consistent as I need to be on this site, and I regret it. I am working on devising a plan for myself moving forward, that will allow me to provide y'all with constant, and unique, coverage of football and all that surrounds it. I want to move away from attacking the business of football, and the media circus that surrounds so much of my beloved sport, but I feel a need to help this change, and to bring it back to football.