During yesterday's Super Bowl media day, Seattle Seahawks running back fielded 29 questions. In response to each one, he offered up some variation of, "I'm here so I won't get fined."
That wasn't the first time Lynch has pulled a stunt of that sort. He was fined $50,000 in November for refusing to talk to reporters, and during last year's Super Bowl media day, he offered up little more than saying, "I'm just 'bout that action, boss."
Lynch's antics apparently got on the nerves of Brian Murphy, a Vikings reporters for the Pioneer Press, who offered up this tweet today:
As you can see by the number of times it's been retweeted, Murphy's diss quickly went viral. Most of the responses were negative:
Marshawn Lynch's tired sphinx act masks the hard truth that without the media NFL players would be playing in a parking lot for $8 an hour— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) January 28, 2015
???????? Thank you for your service. ???????? MT @murphPPress: without the media NFL players would be playing in a parking lot for $8 an hour— Jeb Lund (@Mobute) January 28, 2015
.@murphPPress but what would they pay us to cover guys who aren't nfl players, even if those guys never talk to us?— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) January 28, 2015
@murphPPress this is why no one likes media. This misguided sense of entitlement. Stop trying to be the story instead of reporting the story— Beard Armstrong (@SethsBeard) January 28, 2015
Murphy, however, isn't backing down in the face of all the criticism:
.@murphPPress Grass fields don't exist in your media-less alternate universe? I'm confused.— Tom Crabtree (@itsCrab) January 28, 2015
Lynch mocks the $2 billion TV networks pay to broadcast his profession and paying fans who consume NFL coverage across every medium— Brian Murphy (@murphPPress) January 28, 2015