The WSJ published a short blog post today titled “Marshawn Lynch: ‘I’m Just Here So I Don’t Get Fined’“. The post itself was a rather dry recounting of the running back’s appearance at Super Bowl media day. Here’s a sample:
In a surprise twist, the first Seattle Seahawks player to take the podium at the Super Bowl’s Media Day on Tuesday was the normally media-boycotting Marshawn Lynch.
Then he opened his mouth. His answer to every question: “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.” He repeated the phrase 29 times.
Those two paragraphs account for about half the post. And they’re largely accurate (he actually repeated it 30 times), so far as can be reasonably expected (seriously, who fact-checks this kinda thing?).
Here’s my problem with the WSJ’s coverage: Marshawn Lynch is a treasure. He doesn’t always open his mouth, but when he does, you sure as shit better appreciate it. For example, the NFL employee who put together the clip documenting each of Marshawn’s thirty responses gets it. Skittles gets it. Progressive gets it.
But generally speaking, the journalists who despise him don’t. Which is why I fully support Marshawn in his boycott of a cabal that is simply unworthy of faithfully retransmitting his greatness.
I could imagine no better demonstration of their complete (and udder) failure to appreciate the true glory of the Seahawks’ bell-cow running back than the final paragraph of the Wall Street Journal post cited above:
At last year’s Super Bowl, Lynch did not speak to the media, giving only one interview to the NFL Network’s Deion Sanders. In that interview, Lynch said he preferred to express himself with actions rather than words.
Really? Beast Mode prefers “to express himself with actions rather than words”? I suppose that’s true. But Marshawn said it best:
Marshawn Lynch is a treasure, and he shouldn’t have to provide the media with more material than he already has to prove it. Here, he literally gave the Wall Street Journal gold, and the paper — named after the epicenter of the American financial industry — betrayed absolutely no understanding of what it had in hand.
No wonder Lynch openly admit that he only showed up today in order to avoid a threatened $500,000 fine. Unlike the Journal, that man knows what his treasure’s worth.