Marshawn Lynch apologizes, reportedly facing no discipline from NFL

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer
Lynch's mugshot. (Via Patch.com)

Marshawn Lynch was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI and, this week was formally charged for drunken driving by the Almeda County District Attorney.

This was about as surprising as the apology Lynch made through a statement released by the Seahawks on Friday.

"I want to apologize to my family, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and the 12th Man for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions," Lynch said. "This is not the type of community leader I have been over the last two years or the one I'm striving to become. I want to assure everyone that I will work to be better and look forward to a very exciting, and very successful season with the Seattle Seahawks."

Much more interesting is how Lynch's situation will play out through NFL discipline. A report emerged when Lynch was charged that a suspension could void the contract he signed this offseason.

However, that might not come into play. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Thursday that Lynch won't get suspended by the league, primarily because his DUI would fall under the substance-abuse policy, not the personal-conduct policy. Florio also notes that Lynch can't be suspended until his DUI case with the court is resolved, and thus it could be difficult, timing-wise, to suspend Lynch for the 2012 season, based on how long it would take the legal system to process his case and the league to process his disciplinary case.

Lynch has previously violated the personal-conduct policy, which garnered him a three-game suspension at the beginning of the 2009 season, when he played for the Bills.

But as Florio points out, Lynch has never been suspended under the substance-abuse policy, and would therefore only be subject to league discipline if "aggravating circumstances" were involved. A source tells Florio that "the Lynch camp" is "confident" the running back won't be suspended for the 2012 season.

Given Lynch's history and the appearance of a heavy rash of driving-related of arrests this offseason, it would be a pretty fortuitous if Lynch escaped punishment.

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