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Marshawn Lynch to plead guilty to reckless driving to end DUI case

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Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested and charged with DUI in July 2012 and the case has been winding its way through the legal process since then.

That road will end on Friday. Lynch’s attorney Ivan Golde said that his client will plead guilty to a lesser charge of alcohol-related reckless driving, sometimes called a wet reckless, in Oakland to bring the entire case to an end. Golde said he believed that Lynch could win the case, but cited Lynch’s distaste for the media spotlight as an incentive to avoid going to trial.

“We are resolving the case Friday by pleading to a wet reckless,” Golde said, via ESPN.com. “We have a strong case for trial and could win the case, but the last thing he needs is to go through a public trial. He’s a Super Bowl champion and he has endorsements pending. For a guy in his position, it just doesn’t make any sense to go through a public trial. He has a lot at stake here. You know Marshawn. He’s not a media guy. It wouldn’t have been good for him to go through all that.”

Lynch is expected to receive two years probation and will have to attend six classes on driving safety and alcohol consumption in addition to a fine as a result of the plea bargain.

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27 Responses to “Marshawn Lynch to plead guilty to reckless driving to end DUI case”
  1. Go-Hawks! says: Feb 20, 2014 4:06 PM

    Friends don’t let friends drive, boss.

  2. donnymacjack says: Feb 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    This is an important lesson for him. I hope he treats as such. Best of luck ML!

  3. arwiv says: Feb 20, 2014 4:12 PM

    I think Ivan Golde needs to calm down with the brash talk until the thing is officially done.

  4. brendank11 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:12 PM

    thought he could win the case because it was reported one of his blows was right at the legal limit if I recall correctly.

    NY media gonna be PISSED he chose to plead guilty to lesser charges and not face the media through a trial like he’s paid to!

  5. rightorwrong12 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:13 PM

    there should be a clause about not allowing him to drive econoline vans.

  6. meatcarroll says: Feb 20, 2014 4:17 PM

    Kiss Beast Mode’s gleaming Super Bowl ring, haters. And to the inevitable flood of Santa Clara fans about to talk trash, I bet you bandwagoners didn’t know Jim Harbaugh was arrested for DUI in 2005 when he was head coach at San Diego! Pete Carroll has a spotless criminal record. Get off your soapbox, hypocrites.

  7. cacheesehead1237 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:22 PM

    It’s funny. When these guys get arrested they always say “I can’t comment now but I can’t wait for the truth to come out and I get my day in court. All will cleared up when I get to present my side.”

    But then they never present their side. The “truth” never comes out.

  8. 1rockyracoon says: Feb 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    Any defendant could win any case in theory. The prosecutors offered a plea deal to a guilty person and he accepted it.

  9. hjb99992013 says: Feb 20, 2014 4:24 PM

    in America $$$$$$$$$$=avoiding justice

  10. elimvp says: Feb 20, 2014 4:25 PM

    The guy hates the spotlight, but he has endorsement deals pending? Who would want this clown as the face of their company?

  11. daltonsdumptruck says: Feb 20, 2014 4:38 PM

    His 2nd alcohol related driving offense. He’s probably going to be suspended

  12. seatownballers says: Feb 20, 2014 4:45 PM

    Seahawks gonna be better next season. Haters form a line

  13. i, flounder says: Feb 20, 2014 4:47 PM

    so he has a hat trick of crimes since coming into the nfl, but no punishment.

  14. favresweiner says: Feb 20, 2014 4:50 PM

    Why was he driving an econoline van when he got pulled over? That’s just weird…

  15. tap79 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:03 PM

    Hope this guy stays healthy and performs like has the last few seasons…. He is a prime candidate to have his Jersey big #24 retired and hung at the clink. He is truly a Seahawk.

    GO HAWKS
    The Dynasty has begun!

  16. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Feb 20, 2014 5:12 PM

    BEAST MODE.

    On the Strempth

  17. scw1993 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:15 PM

    Seems like a reasonable punishment.

  18. lnfinite says: Feb 20, 2014 5:23 PM

    Money buys justice, a simple slap on the wrist, sad…………………………..

  19. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:33 PM

    Hey Marshawn, quit acting like a common Viking.

  20. tennis22drew says: Feb 20, 2014 5:35 PM

    I’ve been predicting this all season, that as soon as the season ended he would plead guilty. Good thing you got that ring.

  21. catquick says: Feb 20, 2014 5:52 PM

    At least this time he didn’t run over a woman and leave her in the middle of the road in a downpour at night where she could have been run over and killed, then ditched eetectives for a couple of days

  22. catquick says: Feb 20, 2014 5:53 PM

    At least this time he didn’t run over a woman and leave her in the middle of the road in a downpour at night where she could have been run over and killed, then ditched eetectives for a couple of days, like the last time.

  23. aximand88 says: Feb 20, 2014 5:54 PM

    It’s pretty hard to get outraged over something minor like this (as far as a DUI can be considered minor seeing as how freaking dangerous that is) after Aaron Hernandezexecuted someone.

    At least he’s taking responsibility for his actions.

  24. afewzigzagsplease says: Feb 20, 2014 7:31 PM

    I suspect most everyone that has a drink while dining out could be stopped and charged with a DUI based on the numbers each state uses to consider someone under the influence. Most of us have been lucky. That said this Cowboys and 49er fan (yes, I like both) has Lynch at the top of his favorite running back list. The guy never quits. He runs over, around and through tacklers. Too bad he doesn’t play for one of my two favorite teams!

  25. chawk12thman says: Feb 20, 2014 7:49 PM

    Remorse shown would be worthy of demonstrating, even for a fellow who doesn’t like the press…….Lets hope that happens on Friday.

    In the meantime, glad he is getting this resolved and I hope he learned and other’s take this to heart and don’t drink and drive.

    Stay safe folks..

  26. bauldrdash says: Feb 20, 2014 8:00 PM

    Stop freaking
    Call…a cab

  27. inbredcheesehead says: Feb 21, 2014 1:36 AM

    if he were packers player he done not let this happen packers are the best dynasty ever

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