Minnesota Vikings safety Camryn Bynum played a vital role in his team’s massive 22-17 upset over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night, which ultimately led to a post-game interview during which he wanted to talk about something other than himself.
Bynum may have had a team-high seven tackles and two interceptions — one of which was the game-clincher with 25 seconds left in the fourth quarter with the 49ers trying to drive downfield — but his mind during the interview with NFL Network was on his wife, Lalaine, who he says is having trouble getting her visa to enter the U.S.
Lalaine Bynum has been in the Philippines, and her husband, wearing the country’s flag on his helmet and towel on Monday night at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, asked for help for something that’s been weighing heavy on him for the past two seasons.
They’ve tried on multiple occasions to obtain a visa, and it just hasn’t worked out.
“Anyone have connections [to] the US immigration office for my wife?” Bynum posted on X over a video of his interview after the Vikings’ win. “She’s in the Philippines and not able to come to the US until her I-130 spousal visa is granted. We’re going on 2 football season of no games for her. We’ve been denied a tourist visa twice so far. RT til she’s home.”
He also discussed his Bynum Faith Foundation, which has a mission of providing resources to those affected by poverty and typhoons.
“It’s bigger than me, it’s all for my people back home and the people we help with the foundation, bringing football to the Philippines, helping typhoon victims, people that are victims of poverty. Any time we can help, this is bigger than me,” said Bynum, who has traveled to the Philippines during the offseason for community service work through his foundation.
The Bynums married in March off the coast of the Philippines after getting engaged in February.
Bynum, a third-round selection by Minnesota in the 2021 NFL Draft, earned a starting position last season after playing in a reserve role during his rookie year. He’s remained there to start the 2023 campaign, and his first two interceptions couldn’t have come at a better time Monday night for the Vikings — both in the second half when Minnesota needed to stop threats from the 49ers.
Bynum already has 69 tackles, four passes defended and one forced fumble to go along with his interceptions over seven games this season. He’s already on pace to blow past career highs set in 2022 in tackles (81) and passes defended (6).
But what would make him the happiest on the field is knowing that his wife is in the stands, something he hasn’t been able to achieve yet, which is why he asked for help following one of the best outings of his early career.