First off, no, we don’t know what his exact BAC was, other than it was over the legal limit of .08%. (And likely not enought to qualify him for the World Famous BadJocks BAC Rankings.) How much over could impact what Lynch is charged with and the punishment handed down by the team and/or the league. Lynch, who played high school football in Oakland and is college ball at Cal was arrested Saturday after a traffic stop on Interstate 880 and appears to have been cooperative with officers, even submitting to a blood test. (Sorry, no tasering here fellas, move on.)
Like Dez Bryant, this is also not Lynch’s first run in with the law. He had his license was revoked in 2008 after pleading guilty to “failing to exercise due care toward a pedestrian.” Translation? Lynch apparently didn’t realize he ran into a woman outside a Buffalo bar at 3:30 a.m. Oh, and Lynch was also suspended for three games in 2009 after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Fantasy Football Impact: In most fantasy football drafts, Lynch is considered a Top Ten pick at RB after a monster year in 2011. If he misses even a few games that could really hurt his value, as well as put more pressure on new QB Matt Flynn to produce in the air without him. Given what Flynn was able to do in the last game of the season against the Lions, that might not be a bad thing and could shift the pass/run balance of the Seahawks attack for the long haul. The real question is which of Lynch’s backups would get the lion’s share of the workload if he’s benched. Most likely right now is unheralded Robert Turbin from Utah State, but there does not appear to be a clear replacement on the squad.
What is a “family violence charge?” Sounds like he allegedly assaulted a female member of his family (mom, sister, niece) who Bryant’s not married to, otherwise it would be domestic violence or something. Anyway, the real question is: what impact will this have on your fantasy football team?
First thing: unlike the Adrian Peterson incident last week in Houston, this is NOT Bryant’s first run in with the law or similar incident. In just the last year the Cowboys #1 draft pick in 2010 got into an altercation with rapper Lil’ Wayne (but not arrested) was temporarily banned from a mall for arguing with security officers about his saggy pants, and was sued by a jeweler who claimed Bryant owed $850,000 for unpaid merchandise. No, that really doesn’t add up to jail time, but it does show a pattern of off-field issues that eventually could get him banned by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for a game or two.
Right now, Bryant is projected as a 15th best fantasy WR by ESPN and the #1 receiver for Dallas. If he misses some games that would help Dallas’ #2 receiver, Miles Austin. As far as impacting Tony Romo . . . Romo will still have weapons to throw to even if Bryant is out of the game, and will likely choke in clutch moments regardless. If Bryant gets a more severe penalty–or goes to jail–it could also benefit TE Jason Witten, already one of the top players at his position.
Off field distractions are never good for players or teams and Bryant seems to be collecting them like Beanie Babies.
Who gets these assignments to do these stories? And more importantly, why don’t more of us think stuff like this up?
Imagine this poor guy having to pour over hundreds of pictures and videos of the NFL’s newest cheerleaders, trying to find the best looking ones. How hard would that be? And so continues our love/hate relationship with the guys at the BleacherReport.com: 7 Best-Looking Rookie Cheerleaders from Around the NFL
By now, most of you have heard that the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson was taken into custody by Houston police over the weekend for resisting arrest. This incident happened at a nightclub where the star running back allegedly asked for a drink of water (what?) after police showed up at the bar to close it down for the night. Cops say Peterson exchanged words with an off-duty officer (who probably thinks water isn’t a manly enough drink and was probably dehydrated himself at the time) working security and next thing you know AD is “resisting arrest.”
Something smells fishing about this all the way around, so we’ll wait until more information comes out to comment, but below is the only known video of Peterson’s arrest. Thanks to TMZ for the video!
Does the NFL have a drinking problem? Last week, Justin Blackmon set a league rookie record for BAC after being pulled over for DUI with a whopping 0.24%. And then Vikings fullback Jerome Felton was found passed out drunk in a fast food drive thru lane in the middle of thenight. And now Giants tackle David Diehl was arrested for DWI in Queens with a BAC of 0.18% . . . more than twice the legal limit. At over 300 lbs, Diehl is off our BAC Rankings Chart for how many drinks it would take to get that drunk, but if he was two, 150 lb guys, each one would have to drink 7 drinks in the hour before the breathalyzer test. So, at least at this point, it does not appear this was an “Oops, I had a glass of wine with friends” kind of incident. Unless, of course, the glass is the size of your head and you chugged it.
Diehl, who makes over $1.2 million a year, was picked up by police after running into several cars Sunday night about 8 PM.
According to at least one source, Diehl, who has relatives from Croatia, had tweeted about watching Croatia’s 3-1 victory over Ireland in soccer’s Euro 2012 Sunday afternoon.