PHOENIX – Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch made it clear to the media Thursday: He's had it with being forced to talk to them.
As he sat down for his last required Super Bowl press availability, he launched into a basic question.
Why do you keep coming back?
"All week. I done told you all what's up and, for some reason, you all continue to come back and do the same thing you all did," said Lynch. "I don't know what all story you're trying to get out of me. I don't know what image you're all trying to portray of me. But it don't matter what you all think, what you all say about me, because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face, my family, that I love, that's all that really matter to me.
"So you all can go and make up whatever you want to make up, because I don't say enough for you all to go put anything out on me," Lynch continued. "But, I'll come to you all event. You all shove cameras and microphones down my throat, but when I'm at home in my environment. I don't see you all, but you all mad at me. And if you aren't mad at me, then what you all here for?"
The first question from the media to Lynch tried to get to the heart of something he is passionate about, which is helping inner city kids.
"When I'm in them inner cities, come to them inner cities and come and highlight me then," Lynch responded, to which the reporter said, "I'm going to hold you to that."
After that, Lynch finished the press conference by giving shout outs.
"Shout out Oakland, California."
"Shout out Westbrook."
"Shout out my teammates."
"Shout out to my real Africans out there."
"Shout out to my teammates."
"Shout out Family First." – which is the name of Lynch's foundation.
Near the end of his required five minutes, Lynch was asked who is the best player on the Seahawks?
"All of them," he said.
Then, an alarm went off on Lynch's phone and he walked off the podium.
Lynch refused to answer if he will attend the standard Monday morning Super Bowl MVP press conference if he should win that award.
For the third straight day, Lynch wore a hat from his "Beast Mode" brand. ESPN reported Wednesday that Lynch could face a significant fine for that because it's not an NFL-approved brand.
Lynch also was reportedly warned he could face up to a $500,000 fine if he refused to show up for required media availability this week.
In each session, Lynch appeared for approximately five minutes. At Tuesday's Media Day, he answered nearly every question with, "I'm here so I won't get fined." He followed it up Wednesday with, "You know why I'm here."
Seahawks fans, for the most part, have supported Lynch and have called on the NFL to stop forcing him to talk, equating it to bullying. Critics have said speaking to the media is in his contract and that its part of the privilege of playing in the NFL.