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.
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.
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.
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