Marshawn Lynch Continues to Taint Image, Charged With Gun-Related Misdemeanors

Brandon K.Correspondent IFebruary 20, 2009

All Bills fans remember when Marshawn Lynch first came into the league. His mother told the media and community of Buffalo not to judge Marshawn by his dreadlocks, gold teeth, or his speech.

She said over time the community will get to know her son as a good person and one that will always stay out of trouble

Well, over time Lynch has shown us the exact opposite.

Just a year ago in May 2008 Lynch was involved in a hit-and-run incident in downtown Buffalo. Lynch was given a slap on the wrist from the league and received a $100 fine.

Now just a week ago, on Feb. 11, Lynch was arrested in Culver City, Calif., with possession of a loaded, concealed firearm. Not only that, the Culver City police officer that arrested him claimed that he smelled marijuana coming from Lynch's Mercedes-Benz. Lynch posted $35,000 bail.

Yesterday Bills coach Dick Jauron held a press conference but—as expected—did not have much to say about the issue.

Today Lynch has been charged with three gun-related misdemeanors stemming from last week's arrest. He and the two other men will not face charges for any drug offenses because it is unknown who the drugs belong to or who was smoking the marijuana filled blunts.

Once again the Bills community awaits an apology from the pro-bowl running back. However, it is most likely that Lynch will hide from the media and his fans just like he did after his last run in with the law.

Last May it took several weeks before Lynch came out and admitted he was the driver of a hit-and-run.

After that he did not speak to the media during training camp or the preseason. He did not speak again until after the Bills played the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 21.

From a fan's standpoint, Lynch should immediately fess up to his wrong doings and apologize to the community and the league from what he has done.

Why would a professional athlete have a loaded gun with them after the Plaxico Burress incident just a few months ago? Lynch needs to remove himself from the life he had before football. He needs to remove himself from trouble and surround himself with people who are going to help him mature and become a better football player.

Lynch's image has gone from bad to worse and he needs to clean it up to have a future in Buffalo. When incidents continue to occur—no matter how bad they are—fans will always remember them. It is hard to forgive a player who continues to smear the face of a team and a community. 

It is unknown what the league will do or if they will punish Lynch for his actions. But after the Burress incident, I won't be surprised if commissioner Roger Goodell comes down hard on Lynch. After all, it is Lynch's second offense in less than a year.

The bottom line is Lynch needs to get out and prove to Buffalo that he isn't the thug his image portrays him to be.

Fans might forgive, but they will never forget.