NEWARK, N.J. — Seattle Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch has made an early exit at Super Bowl media day.
The running back abruptly left the session Tuesday, walking out after 6½ minutes. He will be subject to a fine from the NFL.
Earlier this month, Lynch was fined $50,000 for not cooperating with the Seattle media. The NFL put the fine on hold, saying it would be rescinded if his behavior improved.
At this required Super Bowl gathering, Lynch was standing on the floor of the Prudential Center among a cluster of about 100 reporters. Other Seattle stars were at podiums, separated from the throng.
Lynch answered a half-dozen questions before walking away. He spoke to someone for a moment, then left the arena.
The Seattle and Denver players were expected to speak to media members during the 45-minute session that lead up to Sunday's game.
The transcript of Marshawn Lynch's answers at Super Bowl media day Tuesday:
—On whether he is having the time of his life this week.
—On his feelings about media day and the fans.
—"Man, I appreciate this. This is love right here, straight up. They came to watch people get interviewed? This is amazing right here, man."
—On why interviews are uncomfortable for him.
—"I think you're just taking it wrong. (It) don't make me uncomfortable."
—On whether he enjoys media attention.
—"Nope. I'm just about action. You say 'hut' and there's action. All the unnecessary talk, it don't do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?"
—On whether he understands that media attention helps connect him to the fans.
—"I understand that. My fans love me regardless. They love the Seahawks. They aren't worried about what I've got to say. They just want to make sure I show up to perform."
—On the Denver defense.
—"They're a talented defense. They're a great defense. They're out there to do their thing. I'm more worried about what we've got going on."
—On why he, as a prominent player on the team, is not at a media day podium.
—"I like to keep it low key."
—On receiving congratulations for his contract to endorse Skittles.
—"Oh man, a lot of contracts."
—On fullback Michael Robinson.
—"He's big-time, man. He enjoys that, with the mics and everything; the Rob Report. He enjoys that kind of stuff. That's right up his alley."
—On having Robinson back in Seattle
—"It's big. He's a mentor for me. He's got a lot of knowledge about the game. He plays with passion. That's something I can identify with and that's my boy."
—On the first time he ever thought about playing in the Super Bowl.
—"It was probably the first time I told my mama I was going to play in the NFL. I was young, probably Pop Warner (age) playing for the Saints. It was right there in West Oakland. Right there at Raimondi Park, about to bounce out. I told her that. She remembered, though. She reminded me of it, too. Yeah, she'll be here (at the game)."
—On the significance of having won the Silver Bowl, a city championship, as a high school player in Oakland, versus being in the Super Bowl.
—"I don't know. That's tough, man. To this point, that's a highlight of my life, winning that Silver Bowl in Oakland. That's pretty big time for me."
—On whether he thinks he will play harder in the Super Bowl given the magnitude of the game.
—"Every time I go on the field, boss, I give what I got. That's just straight up."
—On the game taking a toll on his body.
—"Football takes a toll on your body. That's just the way I play. I guess I'm kind of used to it or something."
—On whether he envisioned this after being traded from Buffalo to Seattle in 2010.
—"You know, it was an opportunity for me to go and see if there was something else out there. I'm glad I got the chance to do that. Crazy stuff right here, though, but I'm just pleased with the opportunity I have to be a part of this. I just rolled with my gut, straight up. I took that feeling right then and there that this was the best situation."
—On whether he's been able to enjoy the moment.
"A little bit. I won't be satisfied with this until it's all over. When we win, that's when I'll be satisfied. Until then, I've got work, but I appreciate all this.
"Y'all have a good day."