Well, that was awkward. If you’ve seen a Marshawn Lynch interview before, however, you’re not surprised — he openly dislikes the media.
Lynch is the starting running back for the defending NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who beat the Carolina Panthers 31-17 on Saturday to advance to the NFC Championship.
While Lynch is a key component to the Seahawks’ success, he hasn’t been quite as successful dealing with scribes. He was fined $100K earlier this season for his unwillingness to cooperate with the media in post-game interviews, often answering questions with one-word answers like “yeah,” or “maybe.”
What does this have to do with golf? Rory McIlroy Tweeted his support of Lynch’s media tactics on Sunday.
Love this! Paid to play not answer questions “@SportsCenter: Marshawn Lynch after every question in his postgame interview, “I’m thankful.”
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) January 11, 2015
Expectedly, the statement sparked a conversation about the relationship between sports stars and the media. At the frontline of the Twitter war was Matt Cleary, contributor to The Guardian, Australia’s Inside Golf, and other outlets.
Luckily for golf fans, Rory has always been open with the media, which is why it’s weird he took this stance on the athlete-media dynamic. It’s just another case of Rory’s affinity of commenting on hot topics — and his willingness to be honest.
Thank goodness our sport has more McIlroys than Marshawns.
On a side note: Can I get Matt Cleary’s “Quid pro quo bro” made into a t-shirt or something?