Former NFL star Marshawn Lynch was slammed for being “sexist” by the mother of a child attending his football camp after she confronted him about using profane language.
The 33-year-old former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks running back angered a group of parents at his “Fam 1st Family” football camp when he reportedly used the f-word during a drill where children as young as 9 years old were present, according to TMZ Sports.
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Lynch was coaching about 200 kids on the field at a high school in West Seattle last weekend when he kicked some of the kids out of a contact drill, saying, “Get the f**k out.”
As some of the children cried over the incident, an angry mother approached the field and pulled her child out, “telling off a camp staffer in the process,” according to TMZ Sports. She reportedly stormed off after throwing her son’s jersey onto the field in Lynch’s direction.
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In the video shared by TMZ, Lynch could be seen coming up to the stands to speak to the angry mother and other parents. His attempt to defuse the situation didn’t seem to be working however, as he cursed once he got up the stairs and then asked the women more than once, “Is there a man here with you?”
“What does that matter?!” one mother asked the former football player.
“Because I want to speak to a man,” Lynch said, as the woman exclaimed, “I don’t care, it’s my son!”
He attempted to explain to Stephanie Siva why some kids were removed from the drill, using the f-bomb again and the N-word in his explanation, noting that he tells the camp attendees that “if they’re not doing what they’re supposed to do, there’s consequences.”
He called over to the woman who was apparently recording the conversation to come closer, eventually coming to the camera himself and explaining what the “consequences” are for campers who do not do what they are required to do. Lynch stayed calm and polite throughout but seemed to miss the parents’ real contention that his language in front of young children and the sexist remarks were the real issues.
“There’s no disrespect … I understand I’m not gonna be able to please everybody,” Lynch said after cursing a few more times in his explanation, and then calling Siva “sweetheart” before he left.
The mother spoke with TMZ about the incident, recounting how Lynch told her son and others to “get the f**k out” of his drill and that he ordered her son to run around the track, which she assumed was some form of punishment.
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She described how, after ordering another one of the camp kids to leave the drill, Lynch looked “like he was going to beat him with the ball.”
Siva found out what happened as her son made his way around the track to the bleachers, prompting her to remove him from the camp and throw his jersey, saying she was “dumbstruck” by what she heard. She told TMZ that Lynch’s question about whether there was a man there with the women was “sexist.”
“He is asking me, to be sexist, like basically you know only a man would make sense of that. Only a man would understand him telling a kid to get the f**k out of a drill,” she said. “It was very sexist. And it was like, what – you can’t conversate with the mom?”
Siva had not decided on her follow-up action but said she used the incident to teach her son that “people can be d**k*s,” and that he has to “choose to be a leader” and speak up when something is going wrong.
TMZ asked if the mother would like to see an apology or some other action from the former football star.
“I would like to see him treat kids better. That’s it,” she said. “If he’s going to be that way around children, maybe he shouldn’t be around children.”
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