"I want to apologize to my family, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and the 12th Man for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions," Lynch said in a statement posted on the team's website. "This is not the type of community leader I have been over the last two years or the one I'm striving to become. I want to assure everyone that I will work to be better and look forward to a very exciting, and very successful season with the Seattle Seahawks."
The looming question for the Seahawks -- who inked Lynch to a four-year, $31 million contract in March -- is whether he will face punishment from the NFL. The five-year veteran was suspended in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge.