Well there goes the 2009 season...
It was confirmed by multiple website and sources (ESPN, Profootballtalk.com, the Bills) that Marshawn Lynch was arrested by the Culver City (Cali.) Police Department on Feb. 11 for possession of a concealed firearm.
Here is some quotes from about the incident:
From the Bills:
"We can confirm that Marshawn was arrested in California and has retained an attorney. We are in the process of trying to gather the facts and will not offer a comment while that process is ongoing."
"This is the second run-in with the law for Lynch within the last 10 months. Last May, he was involved in a hit-and-run incident in the Chippewa area.
Lynch plead guilty to a lesser charge of failure to exercise due care to avoid striking a pedestrian, a traffic violation. As part the deal, his driver's license and car registration were revoked and Lynch was assessed a $100 fine."
From an update on Profootballtalk.com:
"Lynch’s lawyer, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, told the Associated Press that Lynch was visiting friends in California and said there wasn’t a traffic accident."
So how exactly did this happen?
Well, it is being reported by everyone that Culver City police officers were patrolling the Fox Hills area of Culver City when they came into contact with three adult males in a 2006 Mercedes Benz.
After speaking with the people inside the car, they determined that one of the men in the car was Lynch. A field investigation led to the “discovery of a loaded firearm.”
My question is why the hell were they stopped in the first place?
Sure Marshawn was in the wrong carrying the gun, but why was he stopped? Was it because it was a really nice car with three African-Americans in the vehicle? Could this possible have been a race issue?
I don't want to speculate too much, but basically the cops talked to the people in the car, figured out one was famous, and then searched the car in which they found the weapon.
Something fishy might be going on here. I doubt Lynch will face any punishment from law enforcement if this is the case.
Was he in the wrong? Yes. But I have a feeling a good lawyer can get this thrown out before it goes to trial.
The main issue for Bills fans (and management) is determining whether Lynch is worth the trouble.
This is his second run-in with the law, and he is showing some real character issues.
Even though he is a great young running back (with two straight 1,000-yard-seasons and one Pro Bowl,) he is replaceable, especially with Fred Jackson ready to take over in the backfield.
He is a fan favorite also, so we will have to wait and see what actions the Bills take.
The real problem here is players carrying guns they are not licensed to.
We are quick to bash athletes, but we don't know what they are going through. It is really showing something though, with how many music and sports stars are carrying weapons.
If anything, something needs to be done to get to the problem of carrying guns.