Marshawn Lynch Goes Beast Mode And Catches A DUI | But With No Tire Did He Ghost Ride The Whip?

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Marshawn Lynch is known to go beast mode on the field and in the corporate world. However, he also just went HAM inside a vehicle and caught a potentially litigious DUI.

The former NFL running back was arrested on Tuesday in Las Vegas on DUI charges, leaving a “trail of damage” in his wake before the vehicle came to a complete stop.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police stopped Lynch north of the Las Vegas Strip and discovered he was impaired because whatever happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas. Lynch was subsequently arrested and booked into Las Vegas city jail. Lynch apparently did not take a breathalyzer test but had his blood drawn.

The images of the crash were dramatic and told the tale of a wayward driving experience as the right rear tire is flat and the right front tire, along with the rim, isn’t even there.

Ironically, on Monday, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Lynch would serve as a “special correspondent” during the upcoming season and produce creative content on various projects. Curt Menefee was announced as the play-by-play announcer, and former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson will also join the desk. The announcement was already pulled from the Seahawks website.

Unfortunately, it is not Lynch’s first DUI arrest. Back on July 14, 2012, the Bay Area native was arrested in the early morning by the California Highway Patrol. An officer observed Lynch allegedly weaving in and out of lanes in a Ford van driving north on Interstate 880 in Oakland. He almost collided with two cars.

Lynch had a .08 blood-alcohol level on the 2012 field sobriety test, the lowest level above the legal limit in California. Although Lynch’s attorney initially thought to try the case, Lynch’s final decision in that case provides a glimpse into how Lynch might maneuver out of this one. He ultimately pleaded guilty to reckless driving, a lesser charge that canceled his DUI case, and he received two years of probation as part of the plea bargain, along with a monetary fine.

“We are resolving the case by pleading to a wet reckless,” said Ivan Golde, Lynch’s then-attorney. “We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial.

“He’s a Super Bowl champion, and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn’t make any sense to go through a public trial. He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He’s not a media guy. It wouldn’t have been good for him to go through all that.”

His attorney has yet to speak regarding this new DUI arrest in 2022.

Additionally, when he was a member of the Buffalo Bills, he had his run-ins with the law. In May 2008, Lynch was part of a hit-and-run incident in downtown Buffalo and received a $100 fine. Then in 2009, he was arrested in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City and charged with possessing a loaded, concealed firearm. The arresting officer also claimed that he smelled cannabis from the Mercedes-Benz that Lynch was driving. Lynch posted $35,000 bond in that incident.

In that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge and was sentenced to community service and probation.

Since retiring from the NFL in 2019, Lynch has parlayed his affable every hood image into Madison Avenue sponsorships, but this incident might harken back to a throwback era for some.

 

 

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. RhettĀ hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.