Marshawn Lynch may have been ingesting more than Skittles this past Saturday night. The Seahawks running back was arrested in the Oakland area on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to Santa Rita Jail.
Bay Area News Group's Daniel M. Jimenez reported the news that he received from Alameda County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Raymond Kelly. The Bay Area ABC's affiliate news department also tweeted out the following:
This is not Lynch's first run-in with the law. In 2008, he had his driver's license revoked after he pleaded guilty in a case that came about after he struck a pedestrian outside a bar at 3:30 a.m. in downtown Buffalo before speeding away. As Jimenez reported, Lynch said he "was unaware that he had struck" her.
Lynch also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was suspended for three games in 2009 as a result.
Given Lynch's past, there is a chance that he could be suspended for this recent incident as well, though that would not come until this latest case is ironed out. Still, it also seems unlikely to result in another suspension.
ESPN's NFL insider Chris Mortenson recently was on "NFL Live" discussing Jaguars rookie Justin Blackmon's arrest for suspicion of DUI. As reported by Rotoworld, Mortenson said it is "Very unlikely -- suspension -- because there's no extenuating circumstances in this instance."
Lynch will be subject to the league's substance abuse program.
This is just the latest pro athlete arrest for suspicion of DUI, and it never fails to baffle me that these guys don't have someone sober drive them. Of course, the same should be said for anyone who gets behind the wheel while intoxicated.
Thankfully there are no reports of any injuries from this incident.