Marshawn Lynch to match fan donations for charity

Marshawn Lynch's silence worth every penny

1/6/14 in NFL   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

Blog Photo - Marshawn Lynch to match fan donations for charityAs you may have already heard, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch was fined $50k this week for not speaking to the media this season. It's no secret to Seahawks fans that unlike a certain DB on the team, Lynch prefers to stay as far away from a camera and microphone as he possibly can and do his talking on the field. It became a running joke on teammate Michael Robinson's "Real Rob Report" where a clip was featured on each video called "Messin' with Marshawn." We get it. He doesn't like to answer questions or be put in the spotlight. And watching his last appearance in a press conference, one could argue that it's obvious he has a bigger issue than just disliking the camera. He looks terrified and seems incredibly uncomfortable. He appears to me as if he's having an anxiety attack. 

However, apparently there's a clear rule in the CBA that players must make themselves available to talk to the media. I'm sure Lynch knew this. As with most things he's been fined for, Lynch doesn't seem to care. Marshawn is no stranger to fines, and I'm pretty sure it has nothing to do with ignorance of the rules. Beast Mode just doesn't give a damn. Add that attitude to an obvious discomfort with speaking in public, and he's going to get dinged. 

As you may have also already heard, a group of fans have set up a fundraiser page in support of their favorite running back. Initially the page was set up by a well meaning fan to give the money raised to Marshawn to do with as he wished. It was a way for Seahawks fans to say "We've got your back, #24!" However, after much (warranted) criticism by others for raising so much money for a millionaire who chose to break the rules, it was decided that this money would go to either his favorite charity, or a charity in his name. Regardless, it's going to somebody who needs it and remains a way for fans to support Lynch's decision not to speak to the media. When I checked in on the site earlier today, it had raised a little over $2k after being set up yesterday.

Then Marshawn Lynch took note of his fans' support and agreed to match anything they raise and also donate it to a charity.
Blog Photo - Marshawn Lynch to match fan donations for charity

Upon last glance, the 12th Man created gofundme page has raised over $7,000 (and quickly counting - especially after that tweet.) 

The NFL says player fine money goes to charity (though I'm not sure I trust that completely), so if they keep their end of the bargain, Marshawn Lynch's decision not to speak to the media is going to end up sending more than $64,000 to charitable foundations. I'd say Marshawn's silence is worth more than any amount of words he could give us.

What do you think? Are Seahawks fans stupid for setting up a gofundme page to show their support? Should Marshawn just suck it up and make himself available to talk to the media?
 
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1/9/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
buses, lol.

Crazy. The more I know about most fan bases, the more I loathe all fan bases. This is why I live in off field oblivion, I'm gonna get back to that.

I thought it was buses, but then that didn't look right. So then I spelled it "busses" and that didn't look right either. I don't even want to admit how many times I went back and forth between the two before finally just dropping the issue and clicking "Submit". And Chrome didn't help, because it wasn't telling me either one was spelled incorrectly. It was a ridiculous dilemma. Also, with fan bases...there are good people and bad people in all of them. Unfortunately when you work (and live) in social media, you see more of the bad than the good for all. They seem to be the most vocal.

1/9/14   |   kobe_lova   |   62334 respect

Jess wrote:
Oh I was gonna say, and forgot - I've actually happened to be right there where the busses do go through the throng of fans heading into the stadium a few times. We boo and give the thumbs down (and probably some flip them off, I don't know) but that's the extent of it. No throwing coolers or food lol....but I get that they need to exaggerate. 

*edit* - is it buses or busses? I'm loopy from meds...I don't even know right now

 

buses, lol.

Crazy. The more I know about most fan bases, the more I loathe all fan bases. This is why I live in off field oblivion, I'm gonna get back to that.

1/9/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

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Oh I was gonna say, and forgot - I've actually happened to be right there where the busses do go through the throng of fans heading into the stadium a few times. We boo and give the thumbs down (and probably some flip them off, I don't know) but that's the extent of it. No throwing coolers or food lol....but I get that they need to exaggerate. 

*edit* - is it buses or busses? I'm loopy from meds...I don't even know right now

 

1/9/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
That happened? lol. Oddly enough, I thought that was a good idea for a commercial.
(Edited by Jess)

I didn't really mind it so much - I mean I think they went overboard a bit. I'm pretty sure I've never seen fans throw things or pee on a bus tire - and the signs were ridiculously ignorant - a "you sux kaepernick" sign held upside down? Seriously? We're more literate than that in the great pacific northwest. But whatever...it was a commercial, meant for entertainment, and it got their point across. I'm sure not every Bears fan acts like those idiots on the State Farm commercials either.

There are 12's though who are boycotting Beats now (LOL) and even some players. It's funny. I'm not selling mine for a different set, that's for sure.

1/9/14   |   kobe_lova   |   62334 respect

Jess wrote:
Just heading out, but I wanted to respond before I go...

I love how mutually supportive the Seahawks and their fan base are...both the organization and individual players seem to really appreciate the fans. I'm sure a lot of teams are like that, but of course I see it ten-fold, being part of it here. Even after that Beats by Dre commercial with Kaepernick came out, some of the Seahawks players were thoroughly offended by the way the (obviously) 12th Man was represented, and some stopped wearing Beats and went to some other brand (can't remember off the top of my head.)

I think that Marshawn's response to this gesture is a big reason why the fans are the way they are with this team...well, most of them anyway. 

I guess it's just bothering me seeing all these people screaming, "he deserves the fine! He signed the contract!" - I think maybe they should put a clause in it to say if you're diagnosed with some sort of anxiety disorder like glossophobia or something, you shouldn't have to talk to the media. I mean, he was visibly bouncing/shaken.  I also don't think it's fair for the "safety conscious" NFL to fine $50k to not speak to the media, but what...$15k for deliberate helmet-to-helmet hits?

That happened? lol. Oddly enough, I thought that was a good idea for a commercial.

1/9/14   |   kobe_lova   |   62334 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
"He looks terrified and seems incredibly uncomfortable. He appears to me as if he's having an anxiety attack."

Less than a minute into the linked video, I saw it exactly the same way. (Kinda like me when it was my turn to write a "From the Armchair" article for my woebegone 2013 Texans.   blush  Note to self: Still owe Ashlie an apology for wussing out at the end of the season, excruciating week-after-week dental appointments for 6+ weeks be damned. Sorry Ash!!!)

Was the 'gofundme' page a little misguided? Maybe so, but I've really been impressed at the support the 12s give to their team.  And Marshawn's response to their gesture...well, that's priceless!  Hopefully, the media and the NFL will cut him a bit of a break during his required media sessions if he has an anxiety problem. I've never been diagnosed with one or anything, but I am extremely shy (without a little liquid courage), and it can truly be painful at times.

#GoHawks!
 
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Aww, it's cool. You did more than some others who agreed so you two were fabulous. :)

1/9/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

Oh and #GoHawks!

1/9/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

HouTxFan wrote:
"He looks terrified and seems incredibly uncomfortable. He appears to me as if he's having an anxiety attack."

Less than a minute into the linked video, I saw it exactly the same way. (Kinda like me when it was my turn to write a "From the Armchair" article for my woebegone 2013 Texans.   blush  Note to self: Still owe Ashlie an apology for wussing out at the end of the season, excruciating week-after-week dental appointments for 6+ weeks be damned. Sorry Ash!!!)

Was the 'gofundme' page a little misguided? Maybe so, but I've really been impressed at the support the 12s give to their team.  And Marshawn's response to their gesture...well, that's priceless!  Hopefully, the media and the NFL will cut him a bit of a break during his required media sessions if he has an anxiety problem. I've never been diagnosed with one or anything, but I am extremely shy (without a little liquid courage), and it can truly be painful at times.

#GoHawks!
 
(Edited by Jess)

Just heading out, but I wanted to respond before I go...

I love how mutually supportive the Seahawks and their fan base are...both the organization and individual players seem to really appreciate the fans. I'm sure a lot of teams are like that, but of course I see it ten-fold, being part of it here. Even after that Beats by Dre commercial with Kaepernick came out, some of the Seahawks players were thoroughly offended by the way the (obviously) 12th Man was represented, and some stopped wearing Beats and went to some other brand (can't remember off the top of my head.)

I think that Marshawn's response to this gesture is a big reason why the fans are the way they are with this team...well, most of them anyway. 

I guess it's just bothering me seeing all these people screaming, "he deserves the fine! He signed the contract!" - I think maybe they should put a clause in it to say if you're diagnosed with some sort of anxiety disorder like glossophobia or something, you shouldn't have to talk to the media. I mean, he was visibly bouncing/shaken.  I also don't think it's fair for the "safety conscious" NFL to fine $50k to not speak to the media, but what...$15k for deliberate helmet-to-helmet hits?

1/8/14   |   HouTxFan   |   5303 respect

"He looks terrified and seems incredibly uncomfortable. He appears to me as if he's having an anxiety attack."

Less than a minute into the linked video, I saw it exactly the same way. (Kinda like me when it was my turn to write a "From the Armchair" article for my woebegone 2013 Texans.   blush  Note to self: Still owe Ashlie an apology for wussing out at the end of the season, excruciating week-after-week dental appointments for 6+ weeks be damned. Sorry Ash!!!)

Was the 'gofundme' page a little misguided? Maybe so, but I've really been impressed at the support the 12s give to their team.  And Marshawn's response to their gesture...well, that's priceless!  Hopefully, the media and the NFL will cut him a bit of a break during his required media sessions if he has an anxiety problem. I've never been diagnosed with one or anything, but I am extremely shy (without a little liquid courage), and it can truly be painful at times.

#GoHawks!
 

1/8/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

Ooooh kayyyy so I guess he didn't necessarily win an appeal. I'm confused. I give up. I stop talking to myself.






(almost $18,000)

1/8/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

So apparently Marshawn Lynch appealed this fine and won! He had this to say:
"To all the 12s I appreciate your support. Wanted you to know I appealed the fine & won, but I’m still going to match all donations made at http://www.gofundme.com/626xk0 & donate it to a local Seattle charity. Thanks to Loren Summers for starting the site, we’ve talked & after the deadline, even if $50k isn't met & all contributions are given back, I'll donate the matched total # anyway. ‪#‎12thman‬ ‪#‎Seahawks‬ ‪#‎BeastMode‬"

SO awesome!

1/7/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

Annnd it's over $10k  indecision

1/7/14   |   Jess   |   35089 respect

There should be a live watch...it's up over $8400 now