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May 21, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Marshawn Lynch’s mother: “He just said he didn’t want to go”

The Seahawks’ visit to the White House today left one lingering question — where was Marshawn Lynch?

Turns out, there was no big mystery to his absence, according to his mother, Delisa Lynch.

“He just said he didn’t want to go,” she told the Seattle Times tonight.

Delisa Lynch said Marshawn Lynch has been mourning the recent death of a family member. But she said they’d had had some recent talks and she thought her son was going to attend the ceremony anyway.

“No particular reason was given to me,’’ she said. “He just said he didn’t want to go.’’

Delisa Lynch mentioned that her son has a well-publicized aversion to the spotlight, something President Obama acknowledged.

“I am sorry that Marshawn’s not here because I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press,” Obama said in a line that drew plenty of laughs. “I wanted to get some tips from him. It’s about the action.”

“President Obama said it best,” Delisa Lynch said.

Delisa Lynch said she watched from work. Asked if her son watched the ceremony she said “I’m sure he did. I texted him and told him that Obama gave him some mad props and he texted back ‘laughing out loud.’’’

She said it was “really considerate’’ that Obama mentioned her son “considering that he didn’t go.’’

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