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BILLS' LYNCH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONCEALED FIREARM

Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch has been arrested and charged with felony possession of a concealed firearm, according to a press release from the Culver City Police Department.
The announcement confirms that it was Lynch who was involved in this incident last Wednesday night.
According to a police announcement e-mailed to us, Culver City police officers were patrolling the Fox Hills area of Culver City when they came into contact with three adult males in a 2006 Mercedes Benz.
After speaking with the occupants, they determined that one of the men in the car was Lynch, the Bills starting running back.  A field investigation led to the “discovery of a loaded firearm.”
According to the report:  “The officers determined the gun belonged to Lynch and he was arrested for possession of a concealed firearm.”
Lynch was transported to the booking center and was later released on $35,000 bond.  Police officials said that the case will be submitted to the District Attorney’s office for filing consideration.
As Mike Florio wrote when he first reported about the arrest in two posts earlier today, Lynch could possibly face sanctions under the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy depending on his legal status and whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell views this incident as a repeat offense in light of his reckless driving situation from 2008.
UPDATE: Lynch’s lawyer, M. Gerald Schwartzbach, told the Associated Press that Lynch was visiting friends in California and said there wasn’t a traffic accident.
Per the AP, Culver City police didn’t return a call requesting information on why Lynch and his friends came into contact with police officers.

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42 Responses to “BILLS' LYNCH CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A CONCEALED FIREARM”
  1. Favre2012 says: Feb 15, 2009 3:35 PM

    This is no big deal. It’s not like he hit someone with a car and drove away.

  2. bdub says: Feb 15, 2009 3:36 PM

    Doesn’t anyone learn from Plexiglass?

  3. Agamemnon says: Feb 15, 2009 3:37 PM

    Hey, Florio. Do you have a running record of how high the days without arrest meter gets each time it resets? It’d be kinda cool to see how the meter behaves during the season vs. the off-season. I know we all intuitively know how it will likely look, but I wonder if we’d be surprised just how drastically different it is.

  4. Bill.Polian says: Feb 15, 2009 3:48 PM

    He will get a slap on the wrist and then be allowed to drive over a few more people while Buffalo’s finest look the other way.

  5. obama23to1 says: Feb 15, 2009 3:54 PM

    driving while black? how did the police “come in contact” with the three gentlemen?

  6. nerdmann says: Feb 15, 2009 3:59 PM

    Three black guys in a Mercedes? Better shake em down! I wonder how much of their gold was taken under “civil asset forfeiture.”
    ALL GOOD AMERICANS SHOULD OWN GUNS.

  7. stugacz says: Feb 15, 2009 4:01 PM

    Does California law provide for concealed carry permits of firearms?
    I have only travelled to that state twice, and have no knowledge of their laws concerning carrying concealed firearms.
    If they do have provisions for obtaining a concealed carry permit, one would wonder why Mr.Lynch did not obtain one and avoid a felony charge!
    Somebody here must be familiar with California concealed firearms laws.

  8. Southernboi727 says: Feb 15, 2009 4:03 PM

    Who cares? He had a gun on him for protection. Not cause he wanted to harm someone. NO biggie.

  9. RyGil47 says: Feb 15, 2009 4:10 PM

    You’re startin’ Fred Jackson, woooooooooooooooo! I-am-for-reeeeeallll

  10. Beast Mo says: Feb 15, 2009 4:16 PM

    Well at least he didn’t shoot himself. Which is surprising because of you ever read his blog at Yardbarker you realize with out a doubt that this guy was only going to Cal to play football.

  11. caramello1976 says: Feb 15, 2009 4:23 PM

    “Came into contact with 3 adult males in 2006 M Benz” is a nice a way saying they were more than likely profiled. Is it mentioned anywhere why the police were prompted to “investigate” the 3 adult males?

  12. packerswin says: Feb 15, 2009 4:29 PM

    Why are so many NFL players such morons, why would they risk it all for something so stupid?

  13. brian_21 says: Feb 15, 2009 4:38 PM

    This can’t be the best news of all time. I wonder how the Buffalo Bills will deal with the situation.

  14. Jim Beam says: Feb 15, 2009 4:45 PM

    considering he had a hit and run last year that didnt result in a suspension I hope the commish throws the book at his this year.

  15. VOR says: Feb 15, 2009 4:48 PM

    Can you say “racial profiling?” I knew that you could.
    Now, can you say “illegal search and seizure?”
    This gets thrown out, or at least reduced to a traffic ticket, like the alleged hit and run. Thank goodness Lynch didn’t shoot himself, or anyone else.

  16. HarrisonHits says: Feb 15, 2009 5:00 PM

    ESPN has it posted now and is of course carefully not giving PFT credit for breaking the story which it appears you did by several hours over anyone else.

  17. nedirect says: Feb 15, 2009 5:11 PM

    50 cent can play this ugly mofo in the made for tv movie “how to ruin an nfl career”

  18. Vox Veritas says: Feb 15, 2009 5:20 PM

    you should be a lawyer VOR.

  19. vegas42 says: Feb 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    The “alleged” hit and run. Nice. I wonder how the woman who was hit feels about how “alleged” it was.

  20. phillyinsd says: Feb 15, 2009 5:24 PM

    Racial profiling or not, they searched the car and found that the man was breaking the law. That’s not to say that racial profiling is right by any means, but in this case whatever the cause for the initial “contact” was, it took a criminal and a gun off the streets at least temporarily.
    Maybe if the gun was in fact for protection he could also protect himself by not attaching thousands of dolars in gold to his teeth, cutting down on the jewelry, etc. These athletes are simply asking to be robbed.

  21. doe22us says: Feb 15, 2009 5:26 PM

    Sometimes i get blown away by the ignorance and stupidity of some athletes.. Dumb turds

  22. DanSnydersPetCeratto says: Feb 15, 2009 5:28 PM

    This charge sounds like complete b.s. if you ask me. People are getting way too sanctimonious about carrying firearms when the truth is that most of the time if you depend on the police to protect you from becoming a victim.

  23. tiktokdok says: Feb 15, 2009 5:31 PM

    Nothing to worry about here Bill fans.
    I’m sure all charges will be dropped and Lynch’s gun will be returned to him.

  24. LiveNBreath Football says: Feb 15, 2009 5:34 PM

    This whole situation doesn’t seem right. As others have noted the cops “came into contact with 3 males.” Code for racial profiling. Then they determined that one of the men was Lynch. THEN the “field investigation” came up with the gun. Unless there is consent, they had to meet one of the exceptions such as already an arrest, officer safety, smell of marijuana (personal favorite of the cops) to search the vehicle. I am thinking this was racial profiling, then get the football player all the way.
    Oh and the moron who said “so what if it was racial profiling?” Racial profiling is illegal in most states. Why? Because it is discrimination based on race which is illegal under the 13th and 14th Amendments. On top of its illegality, it is piss poor policing that actually doesn’t get the criminals off the street.

  25. justin says: Feb 15, 2009 5:42 PM

    Concealed Weapons permit in California? In Los Angeles County?
    HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
    HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!HA!
    Man, some of you clowns are real morons. You could have a referal from the President and 10 Senators and won’t be given a gun permit in LA County. The wonderous law makers of California prefer to let criminals run the streets.
    You would have an easier time in New York City which might if you have the letter from the President, and 10 Senators, and used to be a cop, and bribed the right officials. But then again probably not.
    The reason these guys are getting caught is these are the most crime ridden and gun restricted areas in the country they are getting entrapped in. Hmmmm….crime ridden and gun restricted. Maybe a link there…

  26. Murabma says: Feb 15, 2009 5:50 PM

    “The “alleged” hit and run. Nice. I wonder how the woman who was hit
    feels about how “alleged” it was. ”
    Actually, she went out and hired a plaintiffs’ law firm right away as soon as she found out who hit her apparently. I recall reading some time after the incident that her statements about what happened were contradicted by independent witnesses at the scene (i.e., those witnesses said that the car acted as if it didn’t realize it hit anyone–it just kept making the turn and kept going and didn’t stop and then speed off as she seemed to allege if I recall correctly), so that may be why you haven’t heard much from her.
    As for this new charge, we’ll have to see how it plays out, but I could see him getting some games off for this one unless he had the necessary permits for the gun. I’ve also read recently that it’s estimated that more than half of the players in the NFL own guns so this shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that he had one. It is moronic, however, if he had one and didn’t have the necessary paperwork for it, especially after the Plax matter.

  27. Pigby says: Feb 15, 2009 5:50 PM

    Who cares if it was racial profiling? You want them to search cars of schoolteachers and nuns instead of cars with NFL players in them who are more than likely carrying guns?
    I hope Lynch gets 8 games from the league for this.

  28. robrocker says: Feb 15, 2009 6:39 PM

    “ESPN has it posted now and is of course carefully not giving PFT credit for breaking the story which it appears you did by several hours over anyone else. ”
    PFT didn’t break the story.
    KABC news in Los Angeles had a story on it during the 6 pm newscast on Friday.
    http://bearinsider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10162
    But they never posted a story online, which is why it took so long to get out.

  29. vegas42 says: Feb 15, 2009 8:00 PM

    Murabma says:
    February 15th, 2009 at 5:50 pm
    “The “alleged” hit and run. Nice. I wonder how the woman who was hit
    feels about how “alleged” it was. ”
    Actually, she went out and hired a plaintiffs’ law firm right away as soon as she found out who hit her apparently. I recall reading some time after the incident that her statements about what happened were contradicted by independent witnesses at the scene (i.e., those witnesses said that the car acted as if it didn’t realize it hit anyone–it just kept making the turn and kept going and didn’t stop and then speed off as she seemed to allege if I recall correctly), so that may be why you haven’t heard much from her.”
    ——————————————————————————————————————-
    So….Marshawn pled guilty because he couldn’t afford to fight the charges? And she gave herself the bruised hip and laceration to her leg as part of her plan to extort money from him? I realize she wasn’t badly hurt, but I think it’s been fairly well established that he actually hit someone with his car then left the scene. Even if he did not initially know he hit someone, don’t forget that it took him several days (weeks?) before he would even speak with the police about it.

  30. Tealkat says: Feb 15, 2009 8:24 PM

    When will the chip fall off the shoulder? What else can they possibly want?

  31. marionthebarbarian says: Feb 15, 2009 8:31 PM

    Who cares about racial profiling? Probably not most of the middle class white men on this board who NEVER get racially profiled. But for minorities like me, it is a huge deal. I don’t want them search the cars of school teachers and nuns, i want them to search cars they have reason to.
    How would you like it if cops always pulled over white guys in vans looking for pedophiles?
    Since we don’t know the details, we can’t assume it was racial profiling though. When more details come out, i’m sure the cops had a reason to search them.

  32. VOR says: Feb 15, 2009 10:01 PM

    Vox: No thanks. I don’t want to be a scum-sucking lawyer.
    Muramba: Yes alleged hit and run. He hit the woman, but as you said, the evidence points to him not realizing he hit her. She didn’t seem like the kind to like the limelight and probably got a nice settlement, which is probably why you haven’ t heard from her.
    marionthebarbarian: Not that I don’t believe you’re a minority, but if you are black, you don’t have a problem with the cops pulling you over whenever they feel like it, to search your car? Somehow I doubt that, and that you’re black.
    And more info is that the gun was found in his trunk. Wow, what a thug! The only thing he was booked for was the gun. How did the cops know he had a gun in his trunk? The answer is, they didn’t, they were profiling him and instead of telling them to go pound sand when it came to opening the trunk, he what they asked. The cops would have been better-served if he refused, and then they busted his taillight and charged him with that, as a prelude to searching his vehicle. This will get thrown out or pled down, as it should, because there are laws against illegal search and seizure. And someone going around with a gun in his trunk isn’t exactly a menace to society.

  33. Jasper says: Feb 15, 2009 11:44 PM

    Jeff Reed’s thank-you note is already in the mail. Paper Towel Incident; officially buried.

  34. marionthebarbarian says: Feb 16, 2009 2:35 AM

    marionthebarbarian: Not that I don’t believe you’re a minority, but if you are black, you don’t have a problem with the cops pulling you over whenever they feel like it, to search your car? Somehow I doubt that, and that you’re black.
    Maybe i wasn’t clear, but i was aiming at people who were saying its not a big deal. I do think racial profiling is a terrible thing. People who say racial profiling isn’t a huge deal or that its necessary are usually people who never get profiled. Does my comment lead people to believe that i was condoning profiling?
    And to your other point, no i’m not black. Hard to believe, but in America there are more than one race of minorities. I happen to be of an ethnicity that gets profiled a lot. I’m not muslim but i get confused as being one a lot. I don’t think i need to explain what happens when i go to an airport.

  35. wolverine21 says: Feb 16, 2009 3:09 AM

    RACIAL PROFILING

  36. marionthebarbarian says: Feb 16, 2009 6:10 AM

    marionthebarbarian: Not that I don’t believe you’re a minority, but if you are black, you don’t have a problem with the cops pulling you over whenever they feel like it, to search your car? Somehow I doubt that, and that you’re black.
    I think you misunderstood my post. I said racial profiling is a huge deal and it is wrong. Also, you are right. I’m not black. There are other minorities in the U.S. that get profiled. Without going into details about my ethnicity, let me just say when i go to an airport i get treated like i’m someone strapped with a bomb.

  37. Chaotica says: Feb 16, 2009 9:28 AM

    Interesting how Jeff Reed’s thread about busting up a paper towel holder has more comments in it than this one.

  38. Orangello_Jones says: Feb 16, 2009 9:55 AM

    “Racial profiling or not, they searched the car and found that the man was breaking the law. That’s not to say that racial profiling is right by any means, but in this case whatever the cause for the initial “contact” was, it took a criminal and a gun off the streets at least temporarily.
    Maybe if the gun was in fact for protection he could also protect himself by not attaching thousands of dolars in gold to his teeth, cutting down on the jewelry, etc. These athletes are simply asking to be robbed.”
    What a freakin moron. Yea that makes all kinds of sense, about as much as telling a woman who dresses hot or seductively that she deserves to get raped. Dress frumpy and don’t wear your jewelry or you deserve to be raped or robbed….makes a TON of sense.
    Furthermore for all the dolts like you yapping about players carrying guns I have two names: Sean Taylor and Darrent Williams. These guys (NFL players) are targets when they go out in public (before you come back with the lame “they shouldn’t be out clubbin!” tripe, save it, they are citizens who have every right to go out in public and not have to worry about their safety just like the rest of us) and cannot be blamed one single bit if they feel the need to pack heat for protection. Whether they go to a club in the red light district of some city or to a freakin little league ball game, they have a right to protect themselves. That said, a C&C is a must or leave your piece at home and take a page from Siragusa’s book, if it’s a place you need a gun for protection and they have to frisk the patrons the better choice would be to avoid it and go somewhere else. But that doesn’t mean players CAN’T go to those places.

  39. phillyinsd says: Feb 16, 2009 12:54 PM

    “What a freakin moron. Yea that makes all kinds of sense, about as much as telling a woman who dresses hot or seductively that she deserves to get raped. Dress frumpy and don’t wear your jewelry or you deserve to be raped or robbed….makes a TON of sense.”
    It does make sense. If you don’t want to be robbed leave the jewelry at home when you go into a crime ridden area (in this case I don’t think they were in a particularly awful area, and I don’t know if he had any jewelry on him, aside from his grill. I absolutely do believe athletes and celebrities have every right to carry weapons, if they do it LEGALLY. Clearly Mr. Lynch was not following the laws set that allow people to legally carry firearms or he wouldn’t have been cuffed. A woman who is dressed seductively does not deserve to be raped, but if a woman is dressing seductively while going to an area that women are notoriously raped in, maybe she should rethink her outfit.
    We can agree on this: If it’s a place you need a gun for protection and they have to frisk the patrons the better choice would be to avoid it and go somewhere else.
    My point was and is this: they have the right to go anywhere they want, but if they’re going to a place where they feel like they need a gun for protection they should probably think about leaving behind the expensive jewelry at home.

  40. Orangello_Jones says: Feb 16, 2009 2:09 PM

    Nope sorry that was still a moronis statement. Just try that argument with any woman and you’ll summarily get worked. Locale means jack, you should be able to go anyweher anytime and not worry about your own safety. If you can’t it’s a statement against that city, not the stupidity of the player in question. Furthermore the guy was in the backseat of a Mercedes. Not walking through the hood with his bling out advertising his own personal wealth.
    No comment on the cop’s reasons for pulling them over although it sounds suspiciously like Driving while black, but no question the guy should be able to ride through any neighborhood in his car and be able to carry a gun. If he had it concealed then that’s why he should be catching hell. Either have a C&C or don’t ever conceal it unless it’s in a portable case. He has a right to defend himself and depending on jurisdiction has a right to carry a gun openly for protection. Just have it exposed and holstered on his waist and he’s perfectly legal and well within his rights as a U.S. citizen. Guns are legal folks, it’s how you carry them and use them that’s the issue and whether these guy were harassed.
    But I am so sick and tired of people making excuses for the criminals basically and telling law abiding citizens (I recognize he broke the law if he had a gun concealed with no permit) that we should hide under rocks or not go out at night or keep our stylin’ clothes and cars etc at home because we might tempt some jagoff criminal to rob us. That’s complete bunk.

  41. phillyinsd says: Feb 16, 2009 5:04 PM

    Moronis is not a word. I think you mean moronic. We could go back and forth for hours on this, you have your opinion and I have mine. It doesn’t make either of us morons. I’ll agree to disagree.
    I’ll just make the point that if I was high profile millionare I would be careful about how I flaunt my money in hopes that I would never need to carry a gun. Or…I would hire a bodyguard or two when I go clubbing or to a rough neighborhood. Ideally you should be able to go anywhere anytime and not have to worry about your own safety…but this is the real world and we all know this is not the case. There are neighborhoods just blocks from me that I wouldn’t want to be caught in at night, especially with $100k of gold around my neck. But I’m not going out to buy a gun so I can go to these neighborhoods in an SL500 and gold jewelry. I’m just saying what I would do, which doesn’t matter to anyone here. You don’t have to agree…but if you want to debate it you can, but do it like an adult without the name calling.

  42. mrseaballs says: May 19, 2013 6:21 PM

    Ya they warned us about this guy when he came to Seattle. I keep waiting for him to gun down a mas of people but we have so-far been lucky. Till then Go Seahawks !

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