Marshawn Lynch speaks briefly to reporters

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
5:40
PM ET
RENTON, Wash. -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch talked to the media Tuesday for the first time since the Super Bowl.

Actually, Lynch did everything he could to not talk to the media in regard to football questions, but still have a brief interview session around his locker with the music blaring behind him, making it almost impossible to hear his brief responses.

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Lynch did have a meaningful response to a question about his foundation.

TV cameras are not allowed in the locker room, not that any of Lynch's comments would be usable for video or audio because many of the words in the music are profane.

Lynch has completely outsmarted the NFL in it's requirement for him to talk to reporters. He has made it a mockery, while technically, fulfilling his league obligations.

It was much better when he didn't talk at all. Clearly, Lynch doesn't want to talk to reporters, but if the NFL is going to force him to do so, it should be done in a professional manner.

Quarterback Russell Wilson and free safety Earl Thomas spoke at a podium at the back of the team facility, but Lynch did not.

Here are Lynch's answers to football-related questions:

What he saw from Wilson in the preseason: "Just continuing to grow."

What does he think of the offensive line: "I see ‘em coming together."

On what he thinks of how running backs Robert Turbin and Christine Michael played in preseason: "I just want the best for them young men."

On whether the team will throw more this season: "I guess we'll find out."

On his goal for the season: "Have fun."

Lynch stared blankly when asked questions about his holdout. However, in his defense, Lynch wanted talk about his foundation when asked about it afterward.

"Of the kids who've gone through my foundation, a number of them are in [NCAA] Division I [football programs]," he said. "I've done had kids come from Barbados and Canada. I'm not turning down no kids."

Lynch spoke fondly of one young man he remembered specifically.

"I had a kid say he was committing suicide by him coming [to Lynch's offseason youth program in Oakland] because it put his life in danger," Lynch said. "But he wasn't gonna miss the opportunity to be a part of it.

"Helping that young man through his little situation is big for me. It's not something to boast and brag about, but it touched me dearly."

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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