Larry Foote can relate to Marshawn Lynch. The veteran Arizona Cardinals linebacker, who is from Detroit, says he's from the same type of "urban environment" as Lynch's Oakland neighborhood.
But Foote doesn't like the message that the Seattle Seahawks running back is sending children by avoiding to talk to the media and grabbing his crotch as a touchdown celebration.
"The biggest message he's giving these kids, he might not want to admit it, is, 'The hell with authority. I don't care, fine me. I'm gonna grab my crotch. I'm gonna do it my way,'" Foote said in an interview with 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, according to ESPN, on Tuesday.
Foote's comments came one week after Lynch said, "I'm here so I won't get fined," 29 times to reporters on Super Bowl XLIX media day, leaving the podium at the 4:51 mark, the minimum interviewee time as mandated by the NFL. Foote believes Lynch is teaching kids watching him to disobey authority, which is a false reality in the real world.
"In the real world, it doesn't work that way," Foote said. "It just doesn't. How can you keep a job? I mean, you got these inner-city kids. They don't listen to teachers. They don't listen to police officers, principals. And these guys can't even keep a job because they say 'F' authority."
Do you agree with Foote or think the whole Lynch issue with the media is over-hyped?
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