Princeton students not happy Marshawn Lynch is Class Day speaker

Lucy Burdge
March 03, 2020 - 1:20 pm

Marshawn Lynch was chosen as this year’s Class Day speaker at Princeton and some of the students are not thrilled about it. 

The university announced Lynch as the speaker for the June event last week while promoting his "sustained professional excellence” and the students, as college students are wont to do, wrote an op-ed in the school newspaper criticizing the move. 

"As seniors, we had been looking forward to the speaker announcement for months," the op-ed begins. "Many of us were disappointed when we saw that this year’s speaker was to be Marshawn Lynch, mainly because we did not feel included in the process by which this speaker was nominated and finally selected."

They then went on to say they don’t like Lynch because of how he treats the media. 

"Among articles that praised his NFL career and philanthropic contributions, we came across articles discussing Lynch’s reticence with the media and his terse responses at press conferences,” the letter continues. “In 2013 and 2014, for example, Lynch was fined $50,000 and $100,000 for refusing to speak to the media. During the 2015 Superbowl Media Day, Lynch famously responded to multiple questions with variants of 'I’m just here so I won’t get fined.' With no other frame of reference, such reports caused confusion over the set of criteria that led to his nomination."

This is the least controversial reason ever to not want an athlete to attend an event on a college campus but college students are outstanding at “coming across articles” about things to be offended by so this is not exactly surprising. 

God forbid anything cool ever happens to them.