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Lynch’s guilty plea could expose him to discipline under the personal-conduct policy

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By pleading guilty to alcohol-related reckless driving at a time when he was facing DUI charges, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch avoided more stringent potential sanctions under the criminal justice system.

But Lynch now risks an enhanced sanction under league rules.

If Lynch had pleaded guilty to or been convicted of DUI, he would have faced the loss of two game checks under the substance-abuse policy.  By pleading guilty to a different charge, the outcome possibly will fall under the personal-conduct policy.  Given Lynch’s history of violations (which resulted in a three-game suspension to start the 2009 season), another violation of the personal-conduct policy could trigger another suspension.

The specific reference to alcohol in the plea to reckless driving undoubtedly was intended to guide the case toward the substance-abuse policy.  Per a league source, that’s the likely outcome — pending a full review of the case file by the league office.

Whether and to what extent the NFL ultimately decides to categorize this infraction under the personal-conduct policy could go a long way toward determining whether Lynch will be available when the Seahawks launch their defense of the Super Bowl XLVIII crown in September.  For now, it appears that Lynch will avoid a suspension.

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16 Responses to “Lynch’s guilty plea could expose him to discipline under the personal-conduct policy”
  1. thevikesarebest says: Feb 22, 2014 11:41 PM

    And speaking of classless the seadderall shehawks waiting for the vikings to put them in their place next season.SKOL

  2. GenXJay says: Feb 22, 2014 11:42 PM

    drink em if ya got em.

  3. pacificnw7722 says: Feb 23, 2014 12:01 AM

    Well if he does get suspended, it will give us Hawk fans a chance to take a look at RB Christine Michael!

  4. chawk12thman says: Feb 23, 2014 12:20 AM

    It would be shame to miss game 1 of 2014 season when the SB Banner/flag is put up. Hope it works out for him and he plays come 9/4/14.

    My guess: S/F is coming to start the season.

    Go Hawks!

  5. minnesotablizzard says: Feb 23, 2014 1:55 AM

    Is anyone else just kinda sick of all these rules and penalties and sanctions? It’s just the same PC B.S. Over and over and over again.

  6. slugbaitspace says: Feb 23, 2014 1:55 AM

    If Beast does get a suspension, this might open a huge opportunity for Michael.

    Pete mentioned yesterday that Michael was his “biggest breakout candidate” for next season.

    Last year, he said that same thing about Wilson. And things turned out pretty well for him, too…

  7. seatownballers says: Feb 23, 2014 2:22 AM

    Worst possible scenario, lynch gets suspended for 2-3 games. That’s why we have turbin, Michael, ware, Coleman. We’re gonna be better next season

  8. joetoronto says: Feb 23, 2014 4:05 AM

    After allowing the Seahawks to abuse PED’s all year, I can’t see the NFL doing anything about this.

    It’s going to be rampant this year, everybody’s going to be hopped up on something.

  9. libradad53 says: Feb 23, 2014 4:55 AM

    Rather than suspend him, maybe they should have him subjected to random press conferences! But we love us some “BEAST MODE” up here in the great PNW. GO HAWKS!

  10. noladat says: Feb 23, 2014 5:21 AM

    Suspend him! He has acted like a fool before and needs to learn.

  11. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: Feb 23, 2014 11:04 AM

    I always wanted to like this guy, especially when he was in Buffalo, but he makes it so difficult.

  12. cometkazie says: Feb 23, 2014 12:37 PM

    Consequences . . .

  13. elchapoguzman82 says: Feb 23, 2014 1:09 PM

    Viking fans are weak coming in here with the over stated comments about cheating and steroids when we all know its true envy of another teams success so keep hating vikings we’ll just keep winning.

    GO HAWKS!!

  14. gromgrimfist says: Feb 23, 2014 5:31 PM

    personal conduct policy is driving while on drugs/alcohol not have something to do with your personal conduct anyways? If you are breaking the law you are not conducting yourself properly am I not right?

  15. rajbais says: Feb 23, 2014 6:59 PM

    The bright side is that he’ll be fresher when he’s back.

    He’s had at least 960 carries since 2011.

  16. spo4me says: Feb 24, 2014 6:14 PM

    Tell you what, get back to me when they do something about Aldon Smith, then we can talk about Marshawn’s possible suspension from the league.

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