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NFL arrest season kicks off in style

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NFL arrest season kicks off in style

You might think this is midsummer. Or the start of the second half of the baseball season. Or maybe the final push of the Tour de France.

Well, youd be wrong.

What this really is, friends, is NFL arrest season.

Its become an annual rite of July. After OTAs finish and before training camp approaches, cops get busy pulling over NFL players -- most of whom have decided to save the cab fare and slip behind the wheel when theyre drunk. Though sometimes they decide to do other stupid stuff, like beat up people -- including family members.

To be truthful, almost every month is NFL arrest season. But there seems to be a flurry of activity as players see the monotony and pain of training camp approaching.

Marshawn Lynch was arrested on Saturday night in Oakland for driving under the influence. He signed a 31 million contract in March, which means he probably could afford a car service. It was Lynchs third run-in with the law in just over four years.

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was also arrested on Saturday, for domestic violence after allegedly attacking his mother. Reports say that Bryant grabbed his mother by the hair, ripped her shirt and slapped her face. Not exactly the stuff of a Campbells Chunky Soup commercial.

Other arrests include Adrian Peterson, who was charged with resisting arrest, rookie Justin Blackmon who was arrested on aggravated DUI -- three times the legal limit, Broncos defensive end Elvis Dumervil for road rage, Eagles running back Dion Lewis for falsely reporting a fire and Detroit defensive end Nick Fairley -- for the second time in two months -- for DUI.

And then theres the 49ers Aldon Smith, who got his DUI arrest out of the way early in the offseason, in January, but capped off a disturbing offseason by getting stabbed at a house party. Back in April Darrius Heyward Bey was arrested for a DUI.

There are so many NFL arrests that the San Diego Union Tribune has its own NFL arrest database, dating back to 2000. Plug in the name of your favorite player and see if hes been arrested and what the charges are. According to the database, 19 players have been arrested since Super Bowl Sunday to June 23rd, though theres a lot of updating to do in the past few weeks and that window doesnt include some 2012 arrests including Smiths.

So hows that whole new sheriff thing working out for you, Roger Goodell?

The NFL is Americas most popular sport, by far. Advertisers flock to it. Everyone wants to be associated with it. But the league is clearly doing an extremely poor job of educating and controlling its players especially when it comes to not getting behind the wheel while intoxicated. These ongoing arrests are an embarrassment to Commissioner Goodell and his get-tough policy. He has fined players, suspended players, but still the message isnt getting across.

Whats the solution? Longer training camps? Year-round contracts? Free car service for every player in the league? Mandatory classes on behaving like a mature adult?

The solution isnt obvious. But the NFL has the money and the resources to figure out some sort of solution to this ongoing, embarrassing problem.

In the meantime, be warned: its NFL arrest season. You might want to stay off the streets until training camp begins.

Freelance writer Ann Killion is a regular contributor to CSNBayArea.com and Chronicle Live.

Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

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Reports: Peters to speak on Marshawn’s behalf during appeal hearing

First it was Marshawn Lynch coming to the defense of Marcus Peters. Now, it appears the Oakland native is returning the favor. 

The Chiefs cornerback will be speaking on behalf of Lynch during the Raiders' running back's appeal of his one-game suspension, according to multiple national reports. The appeal will take place on Monday.

Lynch was ejected in the second quarter of the Raiders' 31-30 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night. After the Chiefs and Raiders saw themselves in a heated exchange from a controversial late hit by Peters on Derek Carr, Lynch ran off the sidelines and came to the defense of his close friend Peters with multiple Raiders going after the young defensive back. 

But in doing so, Lynch put his hands on an official and was immediately ejected from the game. He was then handed his one-game suspension on Friday.

“They can say what they want to say, but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first," Peters said to Logan Murdock of The Mercury News on Thursday.

FOX Sports was first to report the news.

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

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Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch suspended one game

Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch watched most of Thursday night’s game versus Kansas City from the stands after getting ejected for making contact with an official.

He’ll also be a spectator next week.

The NFL suspended him one game for unsportsmanlike conduct stemming from an incident where left the sidelines to join an on-field scuffle and ended up pushing an official.

The league announced the suspension Friday afternoon. Lynch has already appealed the suspension, per multiple reports.

He was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and automatically ejected by rule.

Punishment after the fact has gotten expensive.

By rule, Lynch will be fined $30,387 for making contact with an official. He could get hit with other penalties, including entering a fight unnecessarily.

Lynch is also suspended without pay, meaning he’ll forfeit a $79,411 game check and a $31,250 per-game roster bonus.

The Cal alum won’t play a Week 8 contest in Buffalo, against a Bills team that drafted him No. 12 overall in 2007.

Lynch was on the sidelines during a third down draw play where quarterback Derek Carr incurred what officials called a late hit from Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters.

The Raiders offensive line took offense, and came after Peters in a scrum. Lynch and Peters, both Oakland natives, are extremely close. Lynch ran on the field to get between his teammates and his friend, but ended up inadvertently pushing an official. The league has zero tolerance for that, and sent him off the field.

Lynch watched a dramatic 31-30 victory over Kansas City from the stands and screens near the field, and congratulated his teammates after a big win.

Lynch did not explain why he entered the fray, though he seemed to be trying to get Peters out of harm’s way.

“They can say what they want but one thing’s for certain: Family do come first,” Peters told Bay Area News Group’s Logan Murdock.

His Raiders teammates and coaches must carry on without the 31-year old power back. They’ll roll with Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and fullback Jamize Olawale against the Bills, as they did against the Chiefs.

Lynch had two carries for nine yards before getting tossed. He has just 266 yards and two touchdowns on 72 carries through seven games.

If the suspension is upheld, Lynch will be eligible to return in Week 9 against Miami.