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Crime Library’s Super Bowl breakdown

With Super Bowl XLVIII pitting the Seattle Seahawks against the Denver Broncos nearly upon us, it seems like the perfect time to break down the teams Crime Library-style. No predictions, mind you, just all the legal troubles, arrests and shenanigans.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks are a slight underdog in the big game, in part because they’re a young team with no Super Bowl experience. Perhaps the team’s relative youth is also a reason for their relative lack of criminal history as well. Football fans know that Seattle players have often run afoul of the NFL’s substance abuse policy – five Seahawks have been suspended for PED use since 2011 – but when it comes to law enforcement they’ve kept their noses relatively clean.

Marshawn Lynch

Marshawn Lynch

Using the San Diego Union-Tribune’s excellent NFL arrest database as well as other search engines and research methodology, we have only come across one Seahawk who figures to make a splash on the field also making a splash in court.

Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch famously will not talk to reporters – maybe it’s because he’s afraid he’ll be asked about his checkered past. Back in 2009 when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills, Lynch pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge, earning him a three-game suspension in addition to 80 hours of community service and court-ordered probation. The year before he pleaded guilty to a traffic violation for a hit-and-run incident.

But it’s a more recent incident that has Lynch busy after the Super Bowl. On July 14, 2012, Lynch was pulled over by California Highway Patrol after weaving across lanes on the I-880 in Oakland. Lynch’s blood alcohol level was a reported .10, which earned him a booking and DUI charge.

Spencer Ware

Spencer Ware

Lynch has pleaded not guilty on the charge, and his attorney is taking issue with the CHP’s evidence collection. At this writing, it seems a trial is imminent.

Lynch isn’t the only Seahawk running back to be laid out by a drunk-driving charge: Rookie Spencer Ware was busted for driving while intoxicated earlier this month, but Ware has been out of action with a bum ankle and wasn’t on the Super Bowl roster anyway.

Next page: Denver Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno, Matt Prater and Julius Thomas

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