Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch announced that his favorite pair of cleats are currently stuck on a telephone wire with a wordless tweet Sunday during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. The team later sent its own confirmation that Lynch’s cleats are indeed stuck on a telephone wire on Lake Washington Blvd. near the Seahawks’ practice facility.
A player known for both his reluctance to the talk to the media and his dependence on shoes to be successful at his job — Lynch’s wordless tweet was a fitting way to let fans know of his predicament.
The photo in question—tweeted during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl on Sunday night—depicts cleats dangling over a wire and a “peace out’’ emoji, signifying he would most likely never wear that exact pair of cleats again after wearing them for the last few practices of the season.
Lynch’s tweet was followed a few minutes later by a tweet from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman offering further confirmation: “Salute to my guy @MoneyLynch … It was an honor watching you wear those shoes and I hope you find another pair that are just as comfy.”
Local Seattle electrical company Puget Sound Energy also tweeted: “While we are sad to hear about Marshawn’s predicament, we’d like to remind people to never throw anything on electrical wires (1/64).”
“We spend significant resources on removing shoes from telephone wires each year (38/64),” continued Puget Sound Energy in a string of tweets that brought into question the company’s understanding of the social media platform.
The Seahawks did not officially announce Lynch’s lost cleats, but on Sunday night they retweeted Lynch’s tweet with the hashtag “#NewCleats4Lynch.”
Considering Lynch’s sponsorship deal with Nike, one would presume it would not be hard for him to acquire a new pair of cleats. However, that did not stop the outpouring of support from the community. Late Sunday night, team owner Paul Allen tweeted: “Thank you @MoneyLynch for letting us know about the cleats. I will speak with Puget Sound Energy and see if we can have them retrieved.”
Puget Sound Energy has yet to reply to phone calls regarding the possible retrieval of Marshawn’s cleats.
Regardless of how the situation shakes out, it is safe to say Lynch’s cleats will go down as one of the most storied RB cleats to ever hang on a telephone wire.
By Peter Overzet | @peteroverzet