Cards Linebacker: Marshawn Lynch Terrible Role Model for Urban Youth

Marshawn Lynch

One of Marshawn Lynch’s divisional opponents has blasted him off the field and on the airwaves.

Larry Foote told 93 7 The Fan in Pittsburgh, “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.'”

The Seahawks running back frequently refuses to talk to the news media and occasionally grabs his crotch after scoring touchdowns.

Foote, who earned two Super Bowl rings while playing for the Steelers, points out that, like the Oakland-raised Lynch, he grew up in an urban environment (Detroit). Foote believes kids in troubled neighborhoods already receive too few reaffirming messages regarding authority figures. Lynch ignoring rules, he says, sets the wrong example.

“In the real world, it doesn’t work that way,” the Arizona Cardinals linebacker maintains. “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.”


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