Marshawn Lynch Made Several Jets Players Mad by Dancing on Sideline During Blowout

Marshawn Lynch played in his first home regular-season game for the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, and he made the most of it by running for 45 yards and one touchdown on 12 carries during a 45-20 win over the Jets. He also put together a memorable dance celebration on the sideline at the beginning of the fourth quarter that endeared him to the hometown crowd and showed off his love for Oakland.

Not everyone loved the dancing that Lynch did, though. After the game, a handful of Jets players spoke with the media and admitted that they were angry about seeing Lynch go full Beast Mode as “Oakland,” a song by Vell and DJ Mustard, played inside of Oakland Alameda Coliseum. They weren’t necessarily angry with Lynch himself, but several players revealed that they were angry with the situation that led to Lynch dancing with so much time left on the clock.



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“It irks my ever-living nerves,” linebacker Jordan Jenkins said of Lynch's dancing, which came with the Raiders leading 35-13. “When I saw it happening, it was infuriating…That pissed me off. I’m an old-school guy. I don’t like when things like that happen. That was embarrassing, losing like that and having Marshawn dance like that. Great player, but seeing it happen, that should infuriate the whole team. It should infuriate everybody and we should have a good response coming into next Sunday.”

Jenkins later stopped short of referring to what Lynch did as “unsportsmanlike,” despite how angry it made him. “Guys dancing around, you can get mad at them—you’re supposed to. That’s football. You don’t blame it on unsportsmanlike,” he said. “He fights. He earned every bit of what he did today. I’m not going to take that away from him. Of course, I’m going to be pissed off at him for dancing like that, but that’s sports. That’s not unsportsmanlike at all.”

Nose tackle Steve McLendon added: “We’re upset because it seems like he was rubbing it in our face. But he’s winning, man. He can do whatever he wants to do.”


And linebacker Darron Lee went as far as to label Lynch’s dancing “demoralizing.” But like many of his other teammates, he stopped just short of criticizing Lynch and admitted that it was the circumstances surrounding the game that frustrated him the most. “It’s their house—they can do whatever they want—but as a competitor, as a defender, you don’t like to see that type of stuff,” he said. “It’s demoralizing, but we have to bow up and keep fighting.”

After the game, Lynch didn’t have much to say about his dancing or the win that the Raiders earned to move them to 2-0 on the season. But he did state the obvious when he was asked what it was like to get the crowd going during the game. “It felt good,” he said.

Raiders fans are hoping for more of it in the coming weeks. They’ll hit the road for two games—including a Sunday Night Football matchup against the Redskins next Sunday—before returning to Oakland in Week 5 for a game against the Ravens.

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Marshawn Lynch Refuses to Stand for National Anthem

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the National Anthem prior to the Raiders 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Various media outlets are assuming the act was a form of silent protest, presumably because former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick similarly sat during the National Anthem in an August 2016 game.

Fans and critics took note of Lynch’s refusal to stand, with many assuming it was in response to the white nationalist rally and subsequent violent attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lynch remaining seated does not appear to be an issue for the Raiders at this time based on postgame comments ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez relayed from Raiders coach Jack Del Rio. Gutierrez wrote the following regarding an exchange between Del Rio and Lynch:

“[Lynch] said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. “I said, 'So you understand how I feel. I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem, but I'm going to respect you as a man. You do your thing, and we'll do ours.' So that's a non-issue for me.”

Kaepernick eventually made the compromise to kneel during the anthem after being accused of disrespecting members of the armed forces by his decision to sit during the anthem. When initially questioned about his refusal to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” 

Other players joined Kaepernick in solidarity with acts such as raising their fists and kneeling, however, Kaepernick remains unsigned with at least two teams citing a fear of angering their fans by signing Kaepernick.

In April, the Raiders and Seattle Seahawks finalized a deal to send the then-retired Lynch to Oakland via trade. The Superbowl-winning running back rose to fame during a run of four consecutive seasons with 1,200 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011, but he also became known for a reluctance to engage with media members or grant interviews.

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LeBron James Tells LaVar Ball to ‘Keep My Kids’ Names Out of Your Mouth’

Up until now, outside of Steve Kerr and Charles Barkley, not many people of note have decided to respond to LaVar Ball—the outspoken ultimate pain in the ass sports dad who should probably just take a cue from Marshawn Lynch's media approach—probably because Ball's claims are so laughable that there's little reason to care.

For example, you didn't see Michael Jordan set the record straight on Ball's outlandish claim that he would beat MJ in his prime because:

A.) It's way, way beneath him.
Or B.) He doesn't know who LaVar Ball is.

However, on Tuesday, the sport's biggest name finally opted to respond to the sport's biggest loudmouth by telling him, in no uncertain terms, to not bring up his kids again.

“Keep my kids' names out of your mouth,” LeBron James said to ESPN about LaVar. “Keep my family out of your mouth. This is dad to dad. It's a problem now (…) He can talk all about his brand, talk about his sons, talk about basketball, talk about me. But keep my family out of this.”

LeBron's comments came after LaVar stated, earlier in March, that his kids were better setup for success than LeBron's 12 and 9-year-old sons.

“It's going to be hard for [LeBron's] kids because they are going to look at them like, 'You got to be just like your dad,'” LaVar stated to Chris Broussard this month. “And after a while, that pressure starts sitting on you like, 'Why do I got to be just like him? What can't I just be me?' And then they are going to be like, 'Aw, you're soft, you're not that good.' Because the expectation is very, very high.”

Still, despite the stern warning to his dad, LeBron actually had some nice things to about Lonzo Ball, the standout UCLA freshman who's expected to go in the first few picks during this year's draft. “I actually like his son. I like his game,” James reportedly said.

If nothing else, this LaVar guy's giving us lots of good storylines.

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NFL Fans Are Freaking Out Over Rumors About Marshawn Lynch Potentially Making a Comeback

During an interview with 60 Minutes last June, Marshawn Lynch swore up and down that he was not going to return to the NFL at any point in time after announcing his retirement during the Super Bowl in February 2016.

“I’m retired,” he said. “Is that good enough? Which camera do you want me to look into? I’m done. I’m not playing football anymore.”

That seemed pretty definitive to us. But it sounds like Lynch might be second-guessing his decision to call it quits.

During his radio show on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, Raiders broadcaster Greg Papa hinted that the Raiders might be looking to make a big splash this offseason by signing a “certain running back” to a contract. He wouldn’t say who it was. But he did say that the running back he was talking about “did not even play in the NFL last year,” which naturally led many people to assume he was talking about Lynch, who is an Oakland native.

And then, on Friday morning, ESPN reporters Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson added to the speculation by sending out this tweet about how the Raiders are reportedly thinking about trying to work out a trade for Lynch with the Seahawks, the team that still owns the rights to his football services.

“It could really happen,” a source told Schefter and Anderson. reporter Ian Rapoport also added this:

So is Beast Mode coming back? At this point, it’s obviously too early to tell. But there are plenty of NFL fans out there, including many in the Bay Area, who are freaking out over the possibility of Lynch making his return to the football field.

Lynch looks like he's been enjoying retirement, but we'll just have to wait and see how far these rumors take us.

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Sneaker Shopping With Jerrod Carmichael

Comedian and actor Jerrod Carmichael has established himself as a prominent voice in the entertainment industry over the course of the last few years, with his hit series The Carmichael Show and notable roles in film turning him into a household name. Fresh off the debut of his HBO special 8, Carmichael is the latest guest on Complex's Sneaker Shopping

In this episode, Carmichael links with Joe La Puma at Zero's in Los Angeles to chop it up about sneakers and life while browsing the shelves for some new kicks. They immediately connect off their time as former Finish Line employees, where Carmichael says he was undervalued. “All due respect to the company, [I was] a little under underpaid for the amount of shoes that I moved. And insoles.” 

Later, Carmichael talks about how shoes can boost an individual's self-esteem, and how Jay Z recognized him off his footwear. “The first time I met Jay Z he referred to me as 'the comedian who wears Timbs all the time.' Lenny S said, 'Yeah, man, you gotta keep the Timbs on. How's he going to recognize you?'”

Carmichael also shares his thoughts on Kanye West and whether the Chicago artist has said or done anything outlandish enough for people to stop wearing Yeezys.

Check out Sneaker Shopping with Jerrod Carmichael above, and for more episodes featuring the likes of 21 Savage, Shane McMahon, and Marshawn Lynch, click here.

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