By John Boyle Herald Writer
Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Oakland, Calif., early Saturday morning.
A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol confirmed that Lynch was arrested at 3:41 a.m. Saturday for suspicion of DUI. Lynch was arrested after a traffic stop on Interstate 880 and taken to Santa Rita Jail, where he was cited and released, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
The arrest comes only months after Lynch, 26, re-signed with Seattle, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $17 million in guaranteed money and $31 million total. Lynch, who came to Seattle in 2010 in a trade with Buffalo, is coming off the best season of his NFL career, rushing for 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns, but now could be facing a suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Before coming to Seattle, Lynch was suspended for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge. A year earlier, he had his license revoked after hitting a pedestrian while driving on a Buffalo street. In that case, Lynch, who said he did not know he had hit the woman, was not charged with a crime.
And while it is important to remember that Lynch has not been convicted of anything in regards to this latest arrest, Goodell has a history of coming down hard on players who have run afoul of the law on multiple occasions, so depending on the outcome of Lynch’s latest arrest, the Seahawks could be without their star running back for multiple games in 2012. If Lynch is suspended for any of the 2012 season, Seattle will likely turn to rookie Robert Turbin, a fourth-round pick out of Utah State who figured to begin the season as Lynch’s backup.
The Seahawks released a statement Monday night saying, “We are aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information.”
Herald Writer John Boyle: firstname.lastname@example.org.