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Marshawn Lynch skips White House trip; his mom says he ‘didn’t want to go’

The Seahawks brought President Obama a “12th Man” flag. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

One prominent member of the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl championship team was missing when the squad arrived at the White House to visit President Obama.

Running back Marshawn Lynch, known for his often prickly attitude toward members of the media and distaste for being in the spotlight, “just didn’t want to go,” his mother told the Seattle Times.

Delisa Lynch also mentioned that there recently was a death in the family, but she thought her son was going to go to the White House.

“No particular reason was given to me,’” she said. “He just said he didn’t want to go.”

Lynch missed a presidential shout-out, too. “I am sorry that Marshawn’s not here because I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press,” Obama said to plenty of laughs. “I wanted to get some tips from him. It’s about the action.”

Delisa Lynch said she thought her son had watched the ceremony. “I texted him and told him that Obama gave him some mad props and he texted back ‘laughing out loud.'”

Maybe it was just as well Beast Mode stayed away. His touchdowns alone have been known to register as earthquakes and, frankly, Washington doesn’t need another one of those.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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