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January 29, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Lynch talks, for a little while

Today marked the second of three mandatory media availability sessions for all players in the Super Bowl. Which meant another day of Marshawn Lynch showing up to grudgingly answer questions for a few minutes and then leaving.

You can watch it here — it lasts roughly five minutes. Fullback Michael Robinson stepped in to speak for Lynch after a minute or so.

As you can see, Lynch frankly admitted that “I’m just here so I won’t get fined, boss” and also that “I really ain’t got too much to say, boss.”

The Pro Football Writers of America released a statement today that it is “extremely disappointed in the lack of meaningful access” to Lynch.

But word today is that Lynch is indeed likely to have escaped being fined. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.

And here is the official transcript of what Lynch said:

(on what Beast Mode means to him) “It’s just a lifestyle, boss.”

(on what he ate last night) Michael Robinson: “We ate some soul food in Harlem, some chicken and waffles, man.”

(on what he thinks of the media attention) “I really don’t have too much to say, boss. I really don’t. I appreciate it, but I don’t get it. I’m just here so I won’t get fined, boss. That’s the only reason I’m here.”

(on what he thought of the fans putting together the money he was fined during the season) “I mean if y’all say y’all is our bridge from the players to the fans, and the fans really aren’t tripping, then what’s the point? What’s the purpose? They’ve got my back and I appreciate that, but I don’t get what’s the bridge then built for.”

(on playing in his first Super Bowl) “I’m just taking it all in, boss.”

(on the running game struggling mid-season) “It doesn’t matter. We’re here now.”

Michael Robinson: “I’m going to slide up in this thing to break up the monotony a little bit. If Marshawn ain’t able to say nothing to you guys, you can direct your questions to me.”

(directed towards Robinson, on how Lynch is feeling about this) Robinson: “He hasn’t talked to you guys for most of his life. I think he just said that. He just wants to play ball, boss.”

(directed towards Robinson on what Beast Mode means) Robinson: “It’s a lifestyle, boss.”

(directed towards Robinson, on how Lynch feels about Skittles) Robinson: “He loves his Skittles before the game, boss.”

(directed towards Robinson, on Lynch saying ‘boss’ often) Robinson: “He’s just all about that action, boss.”

(directed towards Robinson, on a choice between football or women) Robinson: “Football or women? So you must be talking about soccer. I’m just thinking about your accent, man. You must be talking about soccer. Oh, you’re European. So you’re talking about ‘football Americano.’ Oh, real football? Pigskin? I like my wife and I like football.”

(directed towards Lynch for the remainder of the session, on whether he thought about not coming today and paying the fine instead) Lynch: “I’m here, man, so I don’t have to pay the fine, boss.”

(on whether Richard Sherman will teach Lynch how to talk to the media) Robinson: “I got you. No, boss.”

(on being a private person but a star on the field) Lynch: “And you see what it does, right?”

(on whether or not it’s hard to balance being a private person and a football star) Lynch: “It’s not. The 12s don’t have a problem with it. The people I play for on Sunday don’t have a problem with it. The media has a problem with it. It’s a problem if they choose to take something away from me for not doing it.”

(on reporters having a problem with his attitude) Lynch: “Well reporters have to call it in, so it starts somewhere, right?”

(on if he doesn’t like talking to the media because he was once misquoted) Lynch: “False.”

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