When we caught wind on Sunday of the possibility that Bills running back Marshawn Lynch had been arrested in Southern California, one of our first questions was whether Lynch’s latest (alleged) escapades, when coupled with his 2008 game of free-range bumper cars, would result in the imposition of discipline under the Personal Conduct Policy even before resolution of the most recent arrest.
But, per NFL spokesman Greg Aiello, the league isn’t commenting on whether Lynch will be regarded as a repeat offender under the policy.
It’s a complicated situation, given that Lynch ultimately wasn’t punished after the hit-and-run incident resulted in the imposition of no discipline after Lynch pleaded guilty to a reduce charge.
“I think the facts are clear on the case at this point in time, and I don’t plan any discipline,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said last year.
Last month, Goodell explained that the Personal Conduct Policy primarily targets repeat offenders.
“We may not wait for the legal process to conclude when we have repeat offenders,” Goodell said.  “When you start getting into multiple accusations, you are putting yourself in the wrong position.  You are making the wrong decision.  You are in the wrong places.  At that point in time, you are reflecting poorly on the NFL, yourself, your teammates.”


  1. This is a tough call for Goodell. On one hand, Lynch plays for a consistently bad, non-contending team. On the other, he is a young, talented, up and coming player who puts fans in the seats. And Goodell has a history of being soft with star players so he doesn’t upset the casual fan, yet making examples of players on teams who are out of contention so said casual fan actually thinks that Goodell will punish players. If only there was a way to eliminate these tough decisions, like, maybe treating all players, star QB and 3rd string tight end and everyone else, the same, these decisions could be avoided.

  2. At least Canada won’t have to worry about him coming when the Bills move there. They don’t allow felons into their country.

  3. If convicted, trade him to the Cowboys. He meets the trifecta; a felon, overrated, and overpaid. As an added bonus, he’s never played for a team that actually won a playoff game so he would fit in well.

  4. Oh boy another toughee for Goodell. Second offense for Lynch might mean a real slap on the wrist this time. Although Lynch lied big time last time and refused to talk to the police. Of course that was in Buffalo. Now he gets busted in California who really does not care about his professional athlete status since he does not play for the Chargers, 49ers or Raiders.
    Choices, choices for Goodell.

  5. Ok, I’m a Bills fan, so I’m obviously biased on this. But I really don’t think Lynch falls into the category of the Pacman Jones’s of the world. He had a gun, locked in the trunk of his car. Was it stupid? Of course. But it doesn’t sound like he’s some thug, going out looking for trouble.

  6. Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see any report saying the gun was locked in the trunk. I also didn’t any detail about whether it was a revolver or a semi-automatic, or even whether it was a pistol or a shotgun or a rifle, or an AK-47.
    For the sake of argument, let’s say it was the most common scenario of a 9mm auto with the clip inserted but the chamber empty. Even locked in the trunk, that’s kinda stupid. But, it’s also a fairly cheesy felony firearms possession charge, even if the weapon wasn’t registered in the state. Seems to me that confiscation and a summons to appear would be the more common SOP unless the officers were certain they were dealing with gangbangers.

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