Marshawn Lynch, the running back for the Seattle Seahawks, was recently arrested for DUI in Emoryville, California. Lynch must appear in court on August 14, 2012 to answer to a charge of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, and and a charge of driving while having a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher. This is not the first legal problem that the running back has had, but the NFL has not stated whether Lynch can expect the newest charges to be affected by past criminal cases or not. According to police reports Lynch was pulled over after a California Highway Patrol officer noticed that Marshawn was visibly weaving while driving on Interstate 880 in Northern California near Oakland. The police officer created an incident report that describes Lynch as almost colliding with two other vehicles.
Marshawn Lynch was tested and the initial preliminary blood alcohol content reading was 0.08, which put Lynch above the legal limit for driving. A second subsequent test showed that he had a rising alcohol level at the time, leading the attorney for Lynch to claim that the running back was not above the legal limit when he was first stopped. At least Marshawn Lynch had the class to issue an apology, stating “I want to apologize to my family, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and the 12th Man for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions. This is not the type of community leader I have been over the last two years or the one I’m striving to become. I want to assure everyone that I will work to be better and look forward to a very exciting, and very successful season with the Seattle Seahawks.”