Seven words you can say on TV ... if you're Marshawn Lynch
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch leaves his podium during media day for Super Bowl XLIX at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. (Kyle Terada/USA TODAY Sports)
Remember George Carlin's "seven words you can't say on TV?" Best we not go there.
But here are the only seven words Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was willing to say, time and again, on Tuesday at his own podium at Super Bowl XLIX Media Day:
"I'm here so I won't get fined."
Lynch answered every question with those seven words during his five minute news conference, which he cut off about 55 minutes early during the ostensible hour-long session with thousands of reporters and cameramen at over-stuffed US Airways Center.
Lynch's notorious dislike of talking to the press seems to become more intense, and more passive-aggressively unhelpful, with every mandated session.
Hundreds of reporters and cameramen swamped his stage. Lynch wore a ball cap and dark sunglasses for his brief stint.
Outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman supports Lynch's stance.
"I don't think (players) should be obligated any more than the commissioner is obligated to speak to the media," Sherman said at his podium.
"I think that if players are going to be obligated to speak to the media, then every one of the NFL personnel should be obligated to speak to the media weekly, and that's not the case."
That's correct. An NFL head coach must be available to talk to reporters at least four days per week during the season. But not every team holds a weekly news conference with even the offensive and defensive coordinators, let alone with seldom-available position coaches.
General managers are available even less often in some cities, and player personnel directors rarer still.
"It's unfortunate," Sherman said.
At that, we went over to see Seahawks GM John Schneider -- who seldom makes himself available to talk to the press. We asked him what he thinks of Sherman's suggestion that all NFL personnel should be made to talk to the press as often as players.
"I'm totally against that," Schneider said, chuckling. "No, I understand where he's coming from. He has his opinion, so that's fine."
Sherman said the league should be more flexible to appease players such as Lynch who are chronically uncomfortable talking to the press.
"Every team should be forced to present certain players (to the press) -- obviously a few of them," Sherman said.
"If someone is uncomfortable in front of the media and uncomfortable answering questions and things like that, then you have to find a way to accommodate (them)."
With that, Sherman took another question.