Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has issued an apology for his Saturday morning arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.
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"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."
Lynch was formally charged with DUI on Wednesday in Alameda County, Calif., but his attorney said there was a "better than 50 percent chance" his client was not drunk during the weekend arrest.
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.
Robert Turbin and Leon Washington are the main players in a thin backfield behind Lynch. No question about it, this is a headache for Pete Carroll and the Seahawks.