Rory McIlroy has suggested that he is paid to play and not talk to the media as he praised a bizarre ‘interview’ by Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
ynch was fined $100k last year by the NFL for failing to complete his media duties which he is contractually obliged to do.
And last night, after the Seahawks beat the Panthers 31-17, an irritated Lynch answered every question posed by reporters with the words “I’m thankful”.
McIlroy took to Twitter to back Lynch when he said: “Love this! Paid to play not answer questions “@SportsCenter: Marshawn Lynch after every question in his postgame interview, "I'm thankful."
Here is that Mashawn Lynch 'interview':
It stoked plenty of debate with some backing McIlroy’s stance and some arguing against him.
But the Irishman continued: “don't know ML but seems like he marches to the beat of his own drum, isn't defined by what other people think. I respect that in a person.”
McIlroy may be paid to play golf, and paid quite handsomely, but one must wonder if it is written into his €200m Nike contract that he must talk when the sports giant wheel him out when they are promoting their latest offers!