For as long as Marshawn Lynch has been in the NFL, he's always marched to the beat of his own drum. It's no secret that he's never really trusted the media and actually likes to avoid them if he can. His avoidance of the media even resulted in him getting fined back in 2015. (Anyone remembers the glorious "I'm just here so I don't get fined" meme era on Twitter?")

Despite being in a heavily media run career like football, Lynch has found ways to get around giving reporters the exact answers they want. His choice to sit during the national anthem has been his latest act of defiance, and of course, reporters want to know why. It's easy to believe he's standing in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick's silent protest, but without him coming out and saying that no one can truly know for sure.

When reporters recently went looking for an answer to these unanswered questions, they were met in true Marshawn Lynch fashion with the automatic side swipe.

Question about the "elephant in the room" when he sat during the national anthem:

"I think that elephant just left the room cause a little mouse ran in here. Didn't they say elephants are scared of mouses or something? That (expletive) left, cousin."

Will it matter to him if Raiders fans wearing his jersey sit or stand during the anthem?

"When we run '74' or something like that where I've got to scan and read both sides, that'd be pretty difficult. But for the most part, I'm a veteran so I can make it work."

Having gone through camp, are you rejuvenated mentally and physically, or did you pick up where you left off?

"To be honest, I would say just getting my mentality back. Waking up early and having to go and do something physical in order to get my body back to playing ability was probably the hardest thing for me because I'm not a morning person. But after that was over, it was straight."

Did you miss playing football last year?


Whether Marshawn Lynch is joining in protest or not isn't clear, but what is clear is the fact that he doesn't owe y'all any type of explanation. Regardless if he is or he isn't, trying to black ball him won't work when he obviously doesn't GAF. Perhaps that's what's most inspiring and funny about this whole situation.