Marshawn Lynch sat in an empty corner of that cramped cell of the Santa Rita jail in Dublin, shaking his head while thinking about his stupid decision. Outside, the sun was rising on what should’ve been a beautiful Saturday morning in mid-July, a day when he would give back to all the kids who attended his annual football camp. The more the Seattle Seahawks‘ Pro Bowl running back thought about his predicament, the more his heart ached. I told myself I wouldn’t put myself in this position, he thought to himself, and here I go again.
The children who gathered at Oakland Tech high school that morning had no idea what was going on as they clutched their helmets and tied up their cleats. They only knew that the man they were dying to see was nowhere to be found. Before long, a panic erupted among coaches and relatives. Kids kept asking questions, and the adults had no answers.
Lynch couldn’t hear that growing commotion from his jail cell, nor did he know what damage he’d done to his career after police arrested him for driving under the influence. All he could do was the one thing very few people have ever seen him do: fret. “Hey, man,” Lynch said to an officer near his cell. “What time are you letting me out of here? I got a football camp up there with 600 kids. And I gotta get to them.”
• • •It’s a safe bet that nobody who follows the media coverage leading up to Super Bowl XLIX will hear Lynch recite that tale. He rarely speaks to reporters, and his silence during last year’s Super Bowl became one of the biggest stories of that week. During Tuesday’s media day, Lynch answered every question with some variation of “I’m here so I won’t get fined.” But Lynch’s arrest on the morning of July 14, 2012, is revealing because his recollection of it — which came during a three-hour interview Lynch taped for ESPN’s “E:60” in 2013 — provides a rare glimpse into the soul of the NFL’s most enigmatic star. It’s not that Lynch has nothing to say; it’s just that he too often doesn’t see the point in doing that publicly.
For Lynch, there is no mystery to his ultra-private nature. “Being from Oakland, you see a lot of things,” Lynch said. “You see friends turn on friends all the time. You see family turn on family. So I feel like if I’m going to rock with you, then I’m [in] 100 percent, and you’re going to know that. … I’ve been pretty good at reading people. If you rockin’ with me cause you’re just a solid individual, then we’re rockin’. But if you got a motive or something, I am going to probably see right through that.”
Source: ESPN | Jeffri Chadiha