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Old 01-30-2014, 11:15 AM   #43
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Default Re: Wes Welker fires 1st shot (at Richard Sherman)

There was a great exchange on NFL network between Irvin, Sanders, and Rich Eisen about the interview obligations that players have and why guys like Lynch have no trust or interest in doing them. The fans could give a damn about obligated interviews (Seahawks fans have even paid Lynch's fines!) but the media types think of themselves as the only worthy conduits between players and fans. Sanders made the point that Lynch has been burned by the media (quotes out of context or even made up) so much that he only trusts certain people and that most interviewers are self-serving; e.g. trying to get something out of players that very often isn't in that player's interest, even if it means skewing what he said. You see this a lot in yes/no questions that are then attributed to the player. Hypothetical:

Media: "Would you say that you can beat Seattle's defense?"
Receiver: "Yes, "
Headline: "Receiver says he's better than Seattle defense!"

That segment was immediately followed up by Eisen (whose opinion seemed to have changed) asking his next panel of dedicated journalists and their answers reinforced what Sanders was saying.
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