Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch could be suspended in the wake of his arrest on Saturday morning for driving while intoxicated in Oakland.
Lynch, who was suspended three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor weapons charges, was arrested by California police at 3:20 a.m. Saturday after he was seen weaving across lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol. Police said Lynch’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of .08 percent, although an exact figure was not released because the case is still active.
Lynch, a former star at the University of California-Berkeley, was a first-round pick of the Bills in 2007. He was traded to the Seahawks in 2010, and signed a four-year, $31 million contract in March. The deal featured $18 million in guaranteed money, although it is uncertain if Saturday’s arrest will prompt the team to recoup a portion of the contract.
Lynch’s drivers license was revoked in 2008 after he pleaded guilty to “failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.” He said he was not aware he had struck a woman outside a bar in Buffalo.
The Seahawks said in a statement they were “aware of the situation with Marshawn and still gathering information.”