THE LEGAL SPIN CYCLE COMMENCES FOR LYNCH

Bills running back Marshawn Lynch faces felony charges arising from the alleged possession of a concealed firearm.  And his lawyer’s initial effort at spin control has focused on professing that Lynch is innocent . . . of crimes no one claims he committed.
Attorney M. Gerald Schwartzbach said Monday that he has “sufficient information to believe the incident in question did not involve any violence or a threat of violence.”
Fine.  But since Lynch isn’t facing charges of committing or threatening violence with a firearm, it’s completely irrelevant.
Then again, the intended audience for that specific contention might have been NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, given that the Personal Conduct Policy authorizes him to take immediate, pre-conviction action when a situation entails actual or threatened violence.
Schwartzbach also tried to muddy the waters as to the concept of possession.
“Marshawn was not carrying a weapon on his person, contrary to what some people might think,” Schwartzbach said.
No sh-t, Gerald.  Marshawn was in a car.  The gun presumably was in the car, too.  How many guys who are charged with possession of a firearm in a car actually have the thing strapped to their leg?  (Or, as the case may be, tucked into the waistband of their sweat pants?)
So Schwartzbach is trying to play a shell game with reality, in our view.  The question isn’t whether Lynch pointed the gun or pulled the trigger, or whether he had the thing in an over-the-shoulder-pistol-holder.  The question is whether he was in possession of a firearm in violation of California law.
Given that Scwartzbach is avoiding that basic question, we can only assume that it’s because he knows the answer — and doesn’t like it.

20 responses to “THE LEGAL SPIN CYCLE COMMENCES FOR LYNCH

  1. Sounds like Marshawn picked a spin doctor and not a lawyer. Have to see how he does in court with the actual charges.

  2. most of these lawyer-types act so stupid while trying to show their supposed vast intellectual superiority over us average people, wouldn’t you agree florio?
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  3. Hey, its Smellafornia. Only thugs and gangbangers can arm themselves.
    Is there any wonder why the crime rate is so high? If one can’t defend himself, then one is an easy target. Keep in mind, this socialist state will pay its cops to pull you over if you are smoking in your own car with a kid inside.
    Smellafornia needs more armed citizens.

  4. With a grill like that, of course you need the matching gun BEEAATTCCHH! M.Lynch looks and talks like a punk, and now he officially is one. Some poor Asian who didn’t get into CAL is still crying!

  5. It looks like the journalistic spin cycle is in full operation, too. You weren’t there, and you don’t know what happened. But you’ve already got him convicted. Lynch’s lawyer got Robert Blake off for murder. Blake said of Schwartzbach, “He’s a complicated guy, and a sound bite never will really capture who he is.” My money’s on him, not you.

  6. I wonder how much the gun laws in California differ from the laws in New York. I thought I read some where that the gun was in the trunk. Real Sports had a segment on the NFL and guns, it was pretty good. I guess player feel threatened.

  7. one set of rules for useless eaters.
    another set for taxslaves. keep paying and hand over yer guns and women…
    guess again.
    and schwartzbach isnt the solution to anything.

  8. the key to this whole thing is that the gun was in the trunk. The reason he is being charged with concealment, is because it was loaded, and shouldn’t have been.
    It does in fact matter that he didn’t have it strapped to him, and the attempt to draw any similarity between this case and Plaxico, is inflammatory.
    Sometimes, you guys are just as bad, if not worse, than ESPN.

  9. This is a very one-sided legal charge. Rich folk will shake there heads and the dirty ass cops in the bay will smile and think another thug off the streets, it’s bull-sh*t! Lynch grew up in Oakland this is a place with around 180-190 unsolved MURDERS last year alone. We are faced with dealing with all those crack babies who are about 20 now, strapped and ready to kill you over very little, like say your wrist watch. He’s going back to the streets, please like he’s not going to have a piece around him close enough to grab it. Just another shining example of how the folks who write and enforce the laws have no sense of realty on how it is to really live anywhere but the HILLS. Slap him on the wrist and move the fu*k on!
    Sincerely,
    CALIFORNIA

  10. Can we just get the news, and not the media’s opinion on everything. Seriously, this is getting ridiculous. Lynch is a good guy, and always has been a good guy. Just because he was raised in a different neighborhood than some of you, and talks differently than your average white suburban male, doesn’t make him a criminal.
    Let the legal process play out, and move on.

  11. I own a handgun and I keep it in my vehicle so I think you were quick to judge him saying that he had it in his pant or something.
    Sure, he made a mistake not registering for a handgun or go through the legitimate procedures, but until he has harmed or pose a serious threat then I see it as a misdemeanor crime.

  12. wkheathjr says:
    February 17th, 2009 at 11:53 am
    Sure, he made a mistake not registering for a handgun or go through the legitimate procedures, but until he has harmed or pose a serious threat then I see it as a misdemeanor crime.
    So, wait till somebody gets shot and then go after him? If you can find him, Then IF his lawyer doesn’t get him off on a technicality, then IF the jury isn’t sympathetic to ball players (think OJ)…we can’t just keep forgiving all these thug ball players….

  13. “Lynch grew up in Oakland this is a place with around 180-190 unsolved MURDERS last year alone. We are faced with dealing with all those crack babies who are about 20 now, strapped and ready to kill you over very little, like say your wrist watch. He’s going back to the streets, please like he’s not going to have a piece around him close enough to grab it. Just another shining example of how the folks who write and enforce the laws have no sense of realty on how it is to really live anywhere but the HILLS.”
    That comment would be relevant if this happened in Oakland, or anywhere in the vicinity of Oakland…instead, it happened some 350 miles away, outside of LA…

  14. He does have quite the grille, doesn’t he? Would love to know what Freud says about that self-image…
    But everyone knows that as a member of the Van Buren Boys, doesn’t he have a rigbt to protect himself?

  15. We also have sufficient information to believe the incident in question did not involve dog mutilation, child abuse, transportation of WMD’s or the trafficking of child pornography. So given the preceding statement I believe we should all give Mr Lynch a pass until he’s involved in another hit and run errrr, I mean, dammit can I have a do over?
    Sincerely,
    M. Gerald Schwartzbach

  16. On a serious note I personally believe (can anyone hear that phrase without thinking of Ms Teen South Carolina?) that if everyone was carrying a loaded weapon we’d all be more polite to one another.

  17. I’m torn on this issue due to several factors. Lynch is a punk. There’s this thing called the Second Amendment. And I just dislike California and everything to do with it. Edge goes to Lynch on this, barely.

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