05/22/2014 12:20 pm ET Updated May 22, 2014

Marshawn Lynch's Mom Explains Why He Skipped Trip To The White House

When President Barack Obama honored the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday at The White House for their victory in Super Bowl Super Bowl XLVIII, there was a certain beast missing. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (aka "Beast Mode") decided not to make the trip to the nation's capital.

Lynch's mother, Delisa Lynch, told the Seattle Times that her son's reasoning for not attending was simple.

“He just said he didn’t want to go," she said. Delisa also said that Marshawn has been mourning the death of a family member but she still initially thought he would go to The White House.

Despite his absence, Obama gave Lynch a shout-out.

"I just want to say how much I admire his approach to the press," Obama joked. “I wanted to get some tips from him.

Lynch has built a reputation for not talking to the media and abruptly ended two sessions with reporters during the week leading up to the Super Bowl.



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