Cardinals LB Calls Out Lynch
Maybe it had to come from another NFL player before I wanted to say what I’ve been thinking for the past couple of weeks. Watching the NFL playoffs unfold, a couple of story-lines began to dominate the headlines and airwaves. Certainly “Deflategate” took on a life of its own and became the symbol of making a mountain out of a mole hill. We’ll possibly get to the bottom of that life-changing controversy by the time Tom Brady is a grandfather. The other subject that you couldn’t get away from no matter what hole you climbed out from, was Marshawn Lynch and his refusal to talk with the media.
First and foremost, don’t be fooled by Lynch and his immature behavior around reporters, he ate it up with a spoon. But more to the point I agree with Arizona Cardinals linebacker Larry Foote who said about Lynch and how his words will be interpreted by young people, “The biggest message he’s giving these kids, he might not want to admit it, is ‘the hell with authority. I don’t care, fine me. I’m gonna grab my crotch. I’m gonna do it my way.'” Once again it’s really all about the cool factor. Lynch thought he was being the cool jock who defied authority and did things his way.
Just because the rest of his teammates and coaches had to speak to the media didn’t mean he had to. No, he was too cool to do that. He did however, wear his own logo on his hat and clothes and set up a “pop up” store on the site of the Super Bowl to sell Beast Mode apparel. How did everyone know about his Beast Mode gear? Oh yea, through the media, those evil bastards who dared to delve into his life.
Sidebar: NFL and other leagues make it part of a players contract that they have certain media obligations because 1) Television and radio networks pay the leagues BILLIONS of dollars to cover their games so there is an obligation to get information out to them and 2) It’s free publicity. Jerry Jones doesn’t pay TV stations or newspapers a dime to plaster him or his players all over the air or pages. It’s one big, daily plug for him and the Cowboys (and all other teams around the country) and it would be stupid to not have your players available to the media.
For kids to see Lynch act the way he does sends the wrong message to those kids trying to cut it in the world…”In the real world, it doesn’t work that way,” Foote said. “It just doesn’t. How can you keep a job? I mean, you got these inner-city kids. They don’t listen to teachers. They don’t listen to police officers, principals. And these guys can’t even keep a job because they say ‘F’ authority.” Maybe you think that’s over-blowing Lynch’s actions, but for a lot of these kids who don’t have strong male figures in their lives, all they see is the successful athlete acting “cool” and they think that’s the way to get where Lynch is. Foote said it but I think his opinion is echoed by many more. While you’re privileged enough to play professional sports and make millions doing it, why not be a positive influence instead of a D-bag?