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November 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM

After fine by NFL, Marshawn Lynch breaks silence

Whether it was his fine from the NFL that was announced earlier today, or just because he wanted to, Marshawn Lynch held court for 10 minutes or so in front of his locker at the VMAC prior to practice.

But as might be expected, it was far from the usual interview.

Lynch largely threw questions back at reporters and talked about his cleats, and his favorite rappers.

Maybe the most revealing thing he said came when he asked why everybody wanted to talk about the story involving him having helped return a lost wallet to an owner on Tuesday.

“It would have been a story if I kept it,” he said in what was the first time he had talked to the media since a brief session following the Nov. 2 game against Oakland, and the first time he had talked to the media during the week since prior to the opener against Green Bay.

In a typical exchange, asked about not having gone into the locker room at halftime Sunday, Lynch said “I’m interested in y’all take on it. What was y’all take on it?”

Told that what people would rather know is what he had to think about it, Lynch said: “I know you want to hear what I (have) to say, but I want to hear what you want to say. What do you feel about it? About me being on the sideline, not going back in the locker room. What did you feel about it?”

Told that Pete Carroll had said it was to have work done on his back, Lynch asked if someone could tell him exactly what Carroll had said. That compelled a reporter to spend a while finding the quote to read back to Lynch.

During that interlude, Lynch began talking about his cleats.

“My cleats,” he said. “Look, they got Nike right here on the side of it.”

Then Lynch talked about having heaters in the soles of his cleats, and still using a Blackberry.

Asked if he was surprised at how much attention the wallet story is getting, he said “I don’t know.”

Asked if he was surprised at the attention he was getting for not talking to the media, he said again: “I don’t know.”

And that’s pretty much how it went from there.

Lynch, though, may have inadvertently given a little glimpse into his thoughts about it all when he was asked if he’d had any input into the making of his shoes.

“In this league you don’t really have a lot of input on nothing,” he said. “Just your play.”

 

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