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There is an NFL athlete with the Seahawks named
Marshawn Lynch who has said he does not like to talk
a lot, especially to the media - and during the Super
Bowl this year, he actively boycott the media interviews.
During the Super Bowl he showed up to his interview
only to avoid being fined but said nothing of any sig-
nificance to the reporters. On media day he repeatedly
answered reporters questions with "I m just here so
I don t get fined" for the entire four and a half minutes.
Of course, this clearly frustrated the reporters.
After watching several interviews where he met the
minimum requirements of his NFL contract, it became
quite comical to watch. The reporters were frustrated
but fans have been loving it! Marshawn has a clothing
line called "Beast Mode" and if you go on his website
you will see that every single item for both men and
women as well as every cap -- everything is completely
But Lynch is more than just a rebel or what would
seem to be a selfish child. He just does not like to do
the interviews, being asked the same questions repeatedly.
What he likes doing is playing football and helping the
community he grew up in. When you look beyond the
boycott, he is a simple man and an entrepeneur.
Everyone has probably heard it said that "any publicity
is good publicity," be it good or bad. Whether you do
something right or something regal, if it is something
that people are talking about, it is good publicity because
your name is being said and people are listening.
Chris Gayle recently received disciplinary notice from
the WICB disciplinary committee for what some refer
to as his "public outburst" against the exclusion of Kieron
Pollard and Dwayne Bravo by the team selection com-
mittee. Gayle mentioned victimization as the reason for
it following the walk-out during the India tour in October
last year when Bravo was the team captain. Since then
I have read articles and listened to interviews by athletes
past and present and fans with their opinions on the
Now step back and look at the two scenarios ie. Lynch
with the NFL versus Gayle with the WICB or even
Bravo/WICB and observe the profound difference in the
public relations -- the media reaction, the cultural dis-
tinctions and the capitalist drive. In both instances the
athlete is behaving in a fashion that "goes against the
grain." Expressing how they feel but maintaining com-
In Marshawn s case, the media at first scorned him
for it but eventually they accepted it. Culturally, his fans
rallied behind him and as capitalists do, there was money
to be made through the "Beast Mode" brand and the
sports industry continues to thrive.
So far, the media has mainly served as commentators
in a tennis match. There has been no depth or creativity
to build fanaticism in the midst of all this publicity. Our
athletes get labeled "money-hungry cricketers" because
of decisions they have made since withdrawing from
the tour in India last year, a label I believe to be unfair
and inaccurate. There is a lot more to these athletes and
it would be nice to see the media delve into this aspect
of these men. Build the fan support for the sport, regard-
less of what side the opinions lay. The bottom line is
there is room for more.
Sport is the entertainment business and there is value
in it both on and off the field. As one reporter explained
about Lynch -- he is not one of those athletes who got
into football for the stardom; he simply enjoys playing
football and is good at it. He does not like to talk about
his feelings -- it is not who he naturally is inclined to
be as a person. He does however, really enjoy giving back
to the community he came from. He is happy to speak
about what he is doing to make life better for people
who live under stressful circumstances there, particularly
the youths. The media eventually switched gears from
criticising him for being who he is to embracing it. This
is the depth that would be nice to see in local and regional
sport coverage. The media has the potential to create
the platform that can bridge sport with its fans beyond
the obvious conflict in the region surrounding cricket
Asha De Freitas-Moseley M.S. A.T.C., A. has been
an athletic trainer/therapist with the National Athletic
Trainers' Association (NATA) for the past 12 years.
She specializes in the rehabilitation of injuries expe-
rienced in the lives of active and/or athletic populations
applying Active Release Technique (ART), Facial
Sport has value on and off field
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