Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette, who was with Marshawn Lynch on Tuesday when the two returned a wallet lost at a gas station — an incident that went viral after the wallet owner wrote about it on Facebook — explained to reporters today how it all came about. The two were on their way back from having taken part in an assembly at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Tuesday.
You can watch the video below of what Lockette had to say.
Here also is what happened in the words of Lockette:
“So it was just a normal ride. We were going to the gas station and it was a guy rolled by in his car and he was kind of like staring at us. Like we didn’t know if he was a fan or kind of curious or whatever. We start pumping gas and look down and there’s this wallet there, so we look in there and the wallet’s in there, couple hundred dollars.
“His last name happened to be Lynch (Jason Lynch). He (Lynch) was like ‘this could be my cousin but it doesn’ look like me.’ It was all his idea, though, pretty much. I was like ‘well, let’s find out how far is it before we go out of our way.’ It’s like 20 minutes. I was like ‘man it’s kind of far.’ Marshawn was like ‘yeah, we’re going, we’re going.’ Okay cool, we are going, Beast Mode, we’re going.
“We pulled up to his house and he wasn’t there and we ended up knocking on like 4-5 doors and everybody is like, ‘oh should we come to the door?’ Some people came to the door, some people didn’t. There was one lady to the left of him (the wallet owner), was really, really nice. She kept the wallet for him, we talked to her for a really long time and we were really pleased about doing it and getting that done.”
They never did meet the wallet owner.
As for the woman they left the wallet with, Lockette said:
“She just wanted to take a lot of pictures and she kept asking Marshawn what his name was. I think she knew but he never told her. He was like ‘I’m the guy that is bringing the wallet back to the guy who lives next door to you.’ Quote, unquote. I think she figured it out but she kept saying ‘I don’t want to sound ridiculous but I think I know who you are.’ We were like ‘well, you don’t want to be ridiculous, so we are just going to leave the wallet here.”’
When the woman persisted in asking who Lynch was, Lockette said again that Lynch responded: “He was like ‘I’m the guy that has the wallet that’s giving it to you for the guy that lives next door to you.”’
Lockette said he was surprised at the attention the incident is receiving.
“Yeah, because I was actually on the phone with my girl while I was doing it, and she was like ‘I read this on the news and you didn’t tell me anything about it.’ And I was like ‘I didn’t really see it like a super big deal, kind of like a normal day, just taking this guy back his wallet.’ Not like ‘we should do this so we should be on the news.’ We didn’t think anybody would know about it.”