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Lynch apologizes for DUI arrest

Post by Eric Williams on July 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm with 34 Comments »
July 20, 2012 12:03 pm

In a prepared statement released by the team, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch issued an apology today for his recent DUI arrest.

Here’s the statement:

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. 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.”

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  1. While probably true and sincere for the most part, it has a become trite and expected. It is a good thing he did not have to use up the born again bullet on a .08. Tick, tick, tick,,,

  2. mindnbrad says:

    It always amazes me with athletes…..he apologizes for, “the negative attention resulting from” his actions and decisions. Rarely do you hear them say, flat out, I apologize and take accountability for my poor behavior/decisions. Just semantics??

    Here’s to hoping he becomes what he is striving to become. My 9-year-old girl loves ML (for whatever reason)… I hate feeling like I have to tell them stuff like this.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    His attorney appears to be very well written… Honestly, can you imagine Marshawn actually saying any of this? Regardless, he’s still one of my favorite Seahawks and I sincerely hope this is the last we ever hear of him brushing up against the law.

  4. Autenpus says:

    I am terribly disappointed with Marshawn’s lack of an oxford comma in the introductory sentence. Driving drunk is one thing, but grammatical preference is truly a matter of ethics.

  5. Hammajamma says:

    About as much as you could expect with a case still pending. Meh.

    What will drive me nuts is the media creating a distraction by repeatedly asking how much of a distraction this has become.

  6. PositiveNews says:

    “Community leader”???? OMG. Please. And yes, well written by your attorney, but don’t apologize for the negative attention – apologize for what you did!

  7. ianswenson says:

    @Autenpus Sadly, the Oxford comma is not used in AP style. Since the apology was written to be disseminated via the media, it actually seems to be a thoughtful courtesy.

  8. SandpointHawk says:

    @Autenpus…Great post.

  9. I don’t care if his atty wrote it. He’s apologized, he’ll deal with the case, and hopefully this doesn’t happen again. It’s good enough for me. Moving on.

    People do a lot worse things in this world, as if we need to be reminded of that today.

  10. NYHawkFan says:

    Well, at least he got the subjects of his apology in the correct order. In descending order, he mentioned his family (he has to face them the rest of his life), the Seahawks (they write his checks), the NFL (they can fine or suspend him), and the 12th man (they can stop buying his jersey and throw insults instead of skittles). (P.S. I can get away with using a serial comma, because I’m not a journalist).

  11. raymaines says:

    Along the same lines, I just hate it when someone says “I’m sorry you feel that way…” or “I’m sorry for the inconvenience that was caused…” or some other such inane comment. That totally shifts the blame off of them and onto me. You’re sorry that I have a problem?

    That means you have pity for me as I deal with my problem. An actual apology conveys regret for having caused a problem. An actual apology means taking some amount of personal responsibility for your actions, and that’s simply not acceptable for most people in today’s world.

    I’m sorry if your feelings are hurt or if your offended in any way by this comment.

  12. mindnbrad says:

    “I regret any disruption my accident last weekend may have caused members of the community and want to thank the local authorities,” Kidd tweeted.

    I regret the cost of the gasoline used in the vehicles driven to assist me. I regret the sleep lost by medical workers and authorities. ….please.

  13. guidocarmasi says:

    Sounds like the young man has a serious drinking problem. This is not the behavior of a University of California student for sure. Bet he majored in winedrinking , er I mean wine making .

  14. i am high on bath salts

  15. jawpeace says:

    I agree with mindnbrad. What kind of lame ass apology was that? “I like to apologize for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions,” How about apologizing for your recent actions that is the problem dude not the crap storm that followed your stupid selfish actions.

  16. bird_spit says:

    You guys are coming down hard on the guy…at least he wasnt passed out at an intersection with obvious signs of illegal consumption of some stinky weed. There is a good chance he will be found innocent. (he isnt guilty of anything, yet)

  17. boucherm says:

    Apologizing too much or too specifically for his “recent actions” will seem like an admission of guilt–lets not forget his trial is pending.

  18. mindnbrad says:

    ..cause admitting and being accountable when you’re guilty would be a horrible thing….

  19. bayareahawkfan says:

    Boucherm is right. Agree or disagree with the approach, but any chance he stands of having the charges reduced or thrown out – either of which will have a huge impact on the remainder of his time in the NFL – would be destroyed by admitting guilt and accepting blame in a public statement before the case even goes to trial.

    It’s not surprising at all, and really just demonstrates that he’s being advised well. It doesn’t say anything about whether or not he feels personally responsible about the lapse of judgement.

  20. @raymaines… I couldn’t have expressed it better myself. Kudos.

  21. Dukeshire says:

    He exercised, at the very best, marginal judgement, and more likely incredibly poor judgement. Admitting that candidly and openly in no way effects his situation in the eyes of the California legal system. In other words: it would be refreshing to hear someone accept responsibility in their own words as opposed to a prepared statement.

  22. bbnate420 says:

    boucherm, great point.

    mindnbrad, who says he is guilty? Has there been a trial? If the facts that his attorney laid out are true, I highly doubt that he will be convicted of a DUI. Should be able to get a lesser charge or nothing at all. If the fact that he was over .08 while driving is thrown into doubt, then any charge at all hinges on the officer’s report of his driving. No physical evidence at all. Thinking before you speak isn’t a bad thing.

    You have to be very careful what you apologize for if a criminal case is still pending. Admitting guilt isn’t very smart if you don’t believe you’re guilty or want to be found innocent. No different from what any intelligent person would do. On a related note, I used to work as an EMT. We are trained NEVER to say to someone, patient or family member, that you’re sorry. You can say something like that you’re sorry for their loss or something to that effect. If you say you’re sorry it could possibly be used in a later legal proceeding as an admission of guilt or some sort of mistake on your part. Would be nice to not have to worry about semantics like that but, they can have real consequences.

  23. psoundpowerhouse says:

    Okay…I’m sorry for Marshawn’s err in judgement and for any inconvenience this may cause for himself and his family.

  24. psoundpowerhouse says:

    How’s that?

  25. bayareahawkfan says:

    Duke, I agree it would be nice for once to hear an apology in an athlete’s own words, but Marshawn is hardly alone in releasing a statement ostensibly from him but clearly written by someone else.

    I’ve long since given up expecting that from athletes or public figures in these situations.

  26. Dukeshire says:

    I’m not singling Lynch out, that for certain. In fact, as much as I like him, if anyone needed a prepared statement release on his behalf, it’s probably him. Lol. Still…

  27. Soggybuc says:

    even if he wanted to everyone involved I.E.the League, the Hawks, his agent and his Lawyer are telling him to keep his mouth shut and let them handle everything lest he shoot himself in the foot metaphorically speaking. unlike Burris.

  28. chuck_easton says:

    Looks like the feel good comeback story of Lofa Tatupu might be over before it began

    It’s being reported he injured his pectoral muscle. If its a full tear then there goes his season.

    Too bad. I was rooting for him to have a solid year

  29. chuck_easton says:

    Now being reported as a serious injury to Lofa

    I know he’s no longer a Seahawk but he was always one of my favorites and he can retire as a Seahawk if I had my way.

  30. HeinieHunter says:

    I think Lynch is truly sorry…..that he was caught!

  31. bbnate420 says:

    You’re dangerously close to nighthawk2 territory there HeinieHunter.

    P.S. I think it’s pretty funny that someone named HeinieHunter is the arbiter of morals and good judgement.

  32. dirtbiker_joey says:

    ML should issue a formal apology to the Seahawks Insider Blog for causing it to degenerate into a discussion of grammer usage and sincerity of formal apologies.

  33. Just my opinion, but:

    Marshawn MAY get a DUI, his first one, no one was injured. He then said, “oops, my bad – prolly shouldn’t have done this”. That’s more than enough for me to forgive the guy. He doesn’t owe me a whole lot because I don’t rate DUIs as terribly egregious. Honestly, texting and driving, eating and driving, talking and driving, old people driving, and sleepy drivers are just as dangerous to other motorists.

    I think people are beginning to overreact to DUIs a little bit and overstate the “danger” of the act. I also think there’s a significant difference between blowing a 0.08 (as reported) and say a 0.20. If he really did only blow a 0.08, he likely thought he was good. For all we know, he may have even waited to drive, using sound logic and enacting the old 1-hour per drink rule. Maybe I give him too much credit, but I think people are going a little nuts with these DUIs… Players are not smarter than the rest of us, its time to stop expecting them to be just because they’re rich or famous.

    As for the possible suspension part – that’s why Marshawn is apologizing… he knows he hurt the team if he misses games.

  34. bbnate420 says:

    Good points, Sac_94. There are all kinds of distracted driving that are just as, if not more, dangerous than someone who drinks somewhat regularly driving at a .08. Depends on the person. These other dangerous driving practices don’t get nearly as much attention. Talking on your cell and driving finally became illegal a couple of years ago but, I constantly see people doing it all the time. And they tend to not know what the f&^k they’re doing. Not to mention drivers out there that just shouldn’t be driving period.

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