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Princeton students angry Marshawn Lynch announced as class speaker


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Princeton students angry Marshawn Lynch announced as class speaker

Imagine being mad Marshawn Lynch will be speaking to you. Man, life must be hard as a Princeton student. A handful of Princeton students wrote an op-ed in the school newspaper showing displeasure with the school’s decision to make the Oakland native and former Raiders running back their senior “Class Day” speaker in June. Lynch is not…

Princeton students angry Marshawn Lynch announced as class speaker

Imagine being mad Marshawn Lynch will be speaking to you. Man, life must be hard as a Princeton student. 

Princeton students wrote an op-ed in the school newspaper showing displeasure with the school’s decision to make the Oakland native and former Raiders running back their senior “Class Day” speaker in June. Lynch is not expected to speak at the commencement ceremony, but instead several days before graduation.” data-reactid=”20″ type=”text”>A handful of Princeton students wrote an op-ed in the school newspaper showing displeasure with the school’s decision to make the Oakland native and former Raiders running back their senior “Class Day” speaker in June. Lynch is not expected to speak at the commencement ceremony, but instead several days before graduation.

The group of students expressed their frustration lied more with the process than the selection. 

“As seniors, we had been looking forward to the speaker announcement for months,” the letter starts. “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.”

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But the students also pointed out Lynch’s history with the media, citing several fines. 

“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 students wrote. “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.”

Feeling left out of the selection process is understandable (I guess) but maybe these students should take a longer look at Princeton’s statement for choosing Lynch. This is about much more than football. 

“Mr. Lynch’s sustained professional excellence is not the only reason we are excited to have him serve as our Class Day speaker. His substantive work in communities stands alongside his on-field success,” Class Day co-chairs Jonathan Haynes, Jaylin Lugardo and Caleb Visser wrote in an email to their fellow students.

“Our goal was to invite a speaker who embodies the various experiences we have shared as a community during our Princeton tenure; someone whose professional and personal passions speak to the service-focused and intellectually rigorous interests core to the University.”

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