“Beast Mode” Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Superbowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks, has been criticized for refusing to speak to reporters. Barely fulfilling his media “obligations” he has a history of being late and leaving early from interviews. Lynch was fined $50,000 for not talking to the Seattle media during the season and the NFL threatened to fine him $100,000.
One reporter, however, has managed to get lengthy interviews with the elusive Lynch. How? Emi Koike charmed and weakened Beast Mode with his “Kryptonite”….candy (I’m sure being cute and Asian didn’t hurt either).
For those of you who don’t know, Marshawn Lynch loves Skittles and eats them on the sidelines during games. His mom, Delisa Lynch, gave young Marshawn Skittles in his Pop Warner years. “When Marshawn was 12 or 13, we’d go to his games and I’d always have little candies in my purse. Before the game, I would say, ‘Here Marshawn, come and get you power pellets.’” Marshawn’s Skittles consumption continued during his career at Oakland Technical High School, carried over to his days at the University of California at Berkeley, and followed him to the Seattle Seahawks and the Superbowl.
M&M’s may make friends but Japanese candy can get you an interview with a Superbowl champ. Again it helps to be a cute Japanese reporter with credentials. LOL
NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike’s Marshawn Lynch interview in January 2014…
NFL JAPAN’s Emi Koike talks to Marshawn Lynch again at Super Bowl Media Day…click below