February 23rd, 2009 20:15 EST
Bills` Star Running Back Is Charged with 3 Weapons` Misdemeanors
Marshawn Lynch certainly isn`t averse to running from trouble. As an All-American at USC, he set school records in rushing during his 2 years in college football. Instead of finishing his degree, Lynch elected to leave college after his sophomore year to be drafted by the NFL. The Bills` picked him up as their 1st round pick in the 2007 draft.
As a running back with the Buffalo Bills, he`s made a 2-year career of evading linemen and exploding off the line as a downhill-style fullback by the age of 22. Thus far, he`s racked up 2,151 yards, has 15 rushing touchdowns, and 1 passing touchdown. He was even regarded as the best at his position this past year and was picked to be on the running back roster on the AFC squad in the Pro Bowl. But off the field, Lynch is just as prolific at causing the trouble as running from its repercussions.
His latest scuff with the law, in Los Angeles on February 11th, started when police officers detected marijuana smoke wafting out of a parked car with Lynch behind the wheel and two other passengers with him. Officers quickly scoured Lynch`s vehicle. Their suspicions were confirmed once they discovered 4 marijuana cigarettes, and a loaded handgun. They arrested Lynch and his acquaintances on the charges of weapons` possession misdemeanors instead of on the lesser drug possession charges.
Marshawn`s arraignment before the Los Angeles County Superior Court is set for March 3rd. Lynch`s defense attorney, Gerald Schwartzbach, spoke for his client.
We would have preferred no criminal charges. However, given that charges were filed we are pleased that they are misdemeanors as opposed to felonies.
If he gets into another skirmish with the law: that`ll be the 3rd strike against him. In June of last year, Lynch pleaded guilty to a traffic misdemeanor and confessed to running from the scene after hitting a female pedestrian in Buffalo`s entertainment district in May.
Dick Jauron, the head coach for the Buffalo Bills, admitted to being ashamed of his player`s latest misconduct with the law, although he wouldn`t tell whether or not the Bill`s would discipline him. He responded back during a news junket with: you never like to see any Bills` names or really an NFL name in the news in regards to those kinds of incidents.
Concerning any recourse by the NFL, it isn`t quite certain if they`re pressing any disciplinary action, which might include suspension without pay. If he`s found guilty by the NFL, he could face the maximum penalties allowed by their personal conduct policy.