Nobody can ever take away from former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch’s on-field accomplishments.
His “beast quake” run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 NFC Wild Card game is the stuff of legend, and deservedly so.
8 years ago today: Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Quake,” one of the greatest runs ever
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 8, 2019
But while the former Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders running back has been a star on the field, his off-the-field antics leave quite a bit to be desired.
In 2008, Lynch pleaded guilty to a hit and run charge and had his driver’s license revoked.
In 2012, Lynch was arrested for DUI. Lynch ultimately ended up settling the DUI by pleading guilty to the lesser charge of reckless driving.
And now, in 2019, Lynch’s non-football controversies also include allegedly berating children and being disrespectful to their mothers.
According to TMZ, Lynch has come under scrutiny after he allegedly screamed obscenities at children during his now ironically-named “Fam 1st Family” football camp.
The incident itself occurred on July 28 at a high school in Seattle.
The camp had approximately 200 kids, some as young as 9 years old. Lynch reportedly told several of the kids to “get the f— out” of a particular contact drill. Lynch is also reported to have said both “f—” and “n—-.”
That led to several kids crying.
Unsurprisingly, some of the parents of the aggrieved children intervened. Lynch’s response to the parents wasn’t exactly what you’d want to hear from a player who many of those children likely idolized.
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In the video, Lynch can repeatedly be heard asking a concerned mother, “Is there a man here with you?”
“What does that matter?” someone can be heard responding.
“Because I want to speak to a man,” Lynch said.
The mother, identified as Stephanie Siva, told TMZ she found the remarks sexist and offensive.
For what it’s worth, Lynch is hardly a stranger to controversy. He made headlines for sitting during the national anthem, an act that many people found even more disrespectful than Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling for the anthem.
— Mark J. Rebilas (@rebilasphoto) August 13, 2017
While the notoriously reclusive Lynch hasn’t been vocal about his politics, between his choice to sit for the national anthem sitting and wear a shirt that read, “Everybody vs. Trump,” the NFL running back has made his feelings perfectly clear.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2017
Due to a lingering groin injury, Lynch’s final season in the NFL was a forgettable one, as he notched just 376 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in six games.
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