Marshawn Lynch’s lawyers dispute DUI claim as police release arrest video

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Las Vegas police released body camera footage leading up to the arrest of former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, which it was booked Tuesday for driving under the influence. In a statement, Lynch’s attorneys denied the charges.

In a clip released Thursday, Lynch appears to be sleeping at the wheel of a black Ford Mustang with the front left tire missing. In another, Lynch is in the driver’s seat surrounded by officers.

In the latter, Lynch tells officers the car isn’t moving before an officer tells him to get out of the vehicle, adding that Lynch could face charges of obstructing an investigation. Shortly thereafter, an officer drags Lynch out of the vehicle before handcuffing him.

According to Las Vegas City Court records, Lynch was charged with driving under the influence, failing to turn over safety credentials, driving an unregistered vehicle, and driving out of lane. He was released on bail and is due to appear in court on December 7.

Lynch’s attorneys, Richard Schonfeld and David Chesnoff, denied the allegations in one expression at the local TV station KLAS.

“Marshawn was not stopped for a DUI. Rather, the vehicle was safely parked and not operating,” the statement said. “We are confident that once all the evidence is presented, this will not be a DUI under Nevada law. Marshawn appreciates and is grateful for everyone’s concern and support.”

Lynch, a five-time Pro Bowl pick, rushed for 10,413 yards and 85 touchdowns in 12 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. Lynch, a first-round pick from California in 2007, last played during the 2020 Seattle postseason run, which ended in an NFC divisional round loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Lynch was arrested for DUI in 2012 but pleaded on the lesser reckless driving charge when the case was resolved in 2014. Before retiring, the running back had long nurtured his post-football career plans and opened a mini-chain Beast fashion clothing stores and a Soul food restaurant on the outskirts of Oakland, California. He was announced as a new minority shareholder in April at the NHL’s Seattle Kraken.

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