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Yesterday afternoon, the Seattle Seahawks made a trip to the White House to meet with President Obama, nearly four months after they beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The President rubbed elbows with Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lyn…wait a second. Where was Marshawn Lynch?!
Unfortunately, Lynch—the Seahawks' star running back—decided not to attend the Seahawks' visit with the Commander-in-Chief. But it wasn't because he was sick or injured or outside of the country. Instead, it was simply because he "didn't want to go." The Seattle Times caught up with Lynch's mother Delisa Lynch shortly after the team met with President Obama and she tried to explain her son's absence.
"He just said he didn't want to go," she said. "No particular reason was given to me. He just said he didn't want to go."
Lynch isn't the first athlete to skip his team's trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Quite a few athletes have decided not to meet with Presidents in the past for political reasons. But to the best of our knowledge, Lynch is the first athlete to skip a meeting with the President because he just "didn't want to go."
Fortunately, President Obama proved that he didn't feel slighted in the least by Lynch skipping the meeting by shouting him out during his speech.
"I am sorry that Marshawn's not here because I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press," he said. "I wanted to get some tips from him. It's about the action."
To see more of what President Obama had to say to the Seahawks, watch this clip:
Are you surprised that Lynch wanted no parts of this ceremony?
[via Seattle Times]