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Marshawn Lynch’s Wild Week: Drag Racing, Frappuccinos and 401(k)s

A comprehensive guide to everything Beast Mode has (and hasn’t) been doing since Sunday

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Marshawn Lynch has had a busy week, and it's only Wednesday.

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For a guy who doesn’t like talking to the media, Marshawn Lynch sure makes a lot of headlines.

In the past 72 hours alone, he’s been linked to corporate coffee behemoths, identified as a drag race participant and singled out for his sage-like financial advice. Seems like everything Beast Mode does – or doesn’t do – is big news. And while he’s gotten off to a slow start on the field this season, by all accounts, his off-field career is speeding right along.

Of course, all of this makes keeping up with Marshawn a full-time job. So, as a service to Seahawks fans everywhere, we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to everything Lynch is – or isn’t – up to this week. Hey, we’ve got to fill the 24-hour sports news maw somehow, right?

Marshawn Is Teaming With Starbucks
According to corporate lore, Lynch donned a green apron and made like a mad scientist at Starbucks’ headquarters in Seattle, mixing protein powder and raspberry drizzle in with a double-chocolate Frappuccino to create a brand new blended beverage, “The Beast Mode Frappucino.” The drink, which will be available at participating stores October 22, will remain on sale for the rest of the football season. Starbucks says it will donate 24 cents from each “Beast Mode” sold to Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation, and just in case that wasn’t enough to inspire you to buy one, here’s what Lynch has to say about the protein-packed concoction: “I’d drink this before a workout. You could get your buff on with this.”

Marshawn Is Not Drag Racing
Despite what TMZ Sports originally reported, Lynch wasn’t racing teammate Fred Jackson near the Seahawks’ practice facility yesterday, but Jackson really did wreck his black 2016 Corvette. According to The Seattle Times, Jackson – signed last month after a fruitful career in Marshawn’s old stomping ground, Buffalo – was driving too fast and hit a street sign, but local police say “There is no evidence he was drag racing anyone.” Lynch and fellow Seahawk Richard Sherman did stop at the scene to make sure Jackson was OK.

Marshawn Is Dispensing 401(k) Advice
That’s according to rookie teammate Tyler Lockett, who told ESPN’s Kenny Mayne that Beast Mode is all about the tax-qualified, defined-contribution pension accounts. “When I talk to Marshawn, [he] just helps me with a lot of things as far as just understanding my net worth,” Lockett said. “If you ask me, I think he’s a great guy. Even at practice, he’s helped us with the 401(k), talked to us about that. He’s helped us with a lot of stuff.” No word on whether the Seahawks offer matching contributions.

Marshawn Is Not Running for President
And neither is Joe Biden. Shame, really.

Marshawn Is Practicing In Full
Though he’s been dealing with a hamstring injury – it caused him to miss Seattle’s games in Week 4 and 5 – Marshawn practiced in full for the second straight day on Tuesday, and appears to be ready to rumble against division rivals the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night. And with the Seahawks sitting at 2-4, they definitely need Beast Mode to be big.

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