Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch is back in the news, and not for what he’s doing on the field, and not for a good reason. TMZ is reporting that on Saturday, Lynch threatened to “slap the smile” off of a 13-year-old boy that was seeking an autograph.
Allegedly, per TMZ and the boy’s family, Lynch was leaving the team hotel on Saturday and multiple teenagers approached him for an autograph. Video footage shows Lynch wasn’t in the mood and even told the kids “back up off me.”
Lynch then apparently spoke nastily to the 13-year-old in question, and the boy’s uncle offered more.
“He told my nephew, ‘How would you like it if I slapped that f**king phone out of your hand and that smile off your face.'”
Neither Lynch nor the Seahawks have commented, but this doesn’t look good at all. Yes, Lynch is notorious for not cooperating with the press and being a bit stand-offish away from the the field, but this is a bit much. Threatening an innocent child just because he wanted an autograph is inexcusable on any level, and Lynch should have just walked away and ignored those seeking his signature.
This story is still new and developing, but odds are greater than none that Roger Goodell will at least fine Lynch if he gets wind of what happened and it is actually true. Campus Sports will update this story accordingly.
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