The NFL Arrest tracker (yes, that actually exists) will add yet another name very shortly, as Seattle Seahawks’ Running Back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on “investigation of DUI” early Saturday morning.
The report is vague as to the seriousness of the charge, simply stating that the “arrest information” would be passed on “to the Alameda County district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.” In 2009, Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge (his second arrest), and for that he was suspended three NFL games. This is now his third arrest.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 46 (Commissioner Discipline) and also contained in Clause 15 of the Standard Player Conduct, the Commissioner has the ability to fine and/or suspend a player for “conduct … detrimental to the League,” which has always shocked me – can you imagine your employer suspending and docking your pay because you got a DUI over the weekend?
Lynch’s arrest will almost certainly include supplemental discipline, based on his past, and the fact that his last suspension was three games means these most recent antics could cost him four or even five games. In a 16-game season, that’s a hefty (and costly) punishment.
Most concerning, this clause is ostensibly included because of the “detriment to the League” that “would result from impairment of public confidence” in the “integrity and good character of NFL players.” Is this true? I mean, I wouldn’t avoid the world’s best hospital because its doctors like to smoke weed at home after work; if they do, and they get caught, let them pay their debt to society. I’ll still be waiting to get treatment when they return. Same as with the NFL – I’m not going to watch Arena Football because Marshawn Lynch made a bad decision after a party.
Then again, maybe I’m an enabler and this really is necessary.
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