Marshawn Lynch has been in the NFL's bad books more than any other player this year, with more punishments than Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice combined. Well, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has finally decided to give an explanation about his office's constant haranguing of the Seattle Seahawks running back.
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On the surface of things, it all seems fairly straight forward. Marshawn Lynch does not like to give interviews to the media. Maybe he just doesn't trust reporters not to twist his words, or maybe like so many people seem to hypothesise he has an anxiety problem.
The latter seems rather unlikely but in the normal world this would all be fine and people would understand and just walk away. But not in NFL land, where minor discrepancies are treated with the utmost Draconianism and large fines are handed out by Roger Goodell like Haribo.
Lynch has kept all his appearances to a bare minimum this week, hardly saying anything in the run up to the Super Bowl. But despite actually turning up and "answering" questions, the league still wants to fine him - this time for wearing a hat.
Well today we finally got to hear from Goodell about his seeming vendetta against Lynch. Goodell - who laughably claimed that he tried to make himself available to the media every day, literally NFL reporters are laughing at this - claimed that it's a part of players, and more bizarrely that Lynch somehow owes it to the media because he's playing in the Super Bowl.
"I think Marshawn knows the importance of (speaking)," Goodell said with all the smugness of a Cheshire Cat who's just cut someone's tongue out.
"I understand it might not be on the top of his list, but everyone else is doing their part because it is an obligation," Goodell added.
"There are all things we don't like to do in our jobs, but (speaking to the media) is part of playing in the Super Bowl."
I'm sure there's a children's cartoon somewhere on this planet of a soccer-playing wrench who is less of a tool than Roger Goodell. Just let Lynch get on with his life, let him do his talking on the field and maybe in time he'll come round do it.
And one final thing, if you're going to fine someone $50,000 for celebrating a touchdown in a way you don't approve of, then it's probably not the best idea to sell a picture of said celebration on your official shop for $150!