Did An NFL Star Get Pulled Over & Busted For DUI Because Of Racism?
There’s absolutely nothing new about professional athletes getting busted for drunk driving. Even though so many of them have gotten arrested in the past for it, athletes just haven’t learned that drinking and driving is not in their best interest. So, every few weeks, one of them gets pulled over and arrested for DUI or DWI and we’re forced to sit back and wonder why he or she didn’t just hire a driver or call a cab rather than risk driving drunk. But, is it possible that some cops are actually targeting professional athletes and even using racism as a reason for busting them on DUI charges?
We ask because a lawyer for Marshawn Lynch, who was arrested earlier this year and charged with DUI, is trying to claim that his client was busted by the California Highway Patrol in Oakland in July by a couple of cops who had it out for him because he’s black.
“There may be an issue of police misconduct/racism based on the fact that you have two white cops [and] an African American defendant by himself,” Lynch’s lawyer Ivan Golde told TMZ recently, before pointing out that the CHP dash cam was not used during Lynch’s arrest. “There’s an inference, a possibility…It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say that the police maybe turned it off.”
Does he have a point? Was Lynch really targeted by police because he’s black and not because he was “swerving” as the CHP officers claimed? Of course, it’s possible. We wouldn’t put it past police from any part of the country pulling over a driver because of race. We’ve seen it happen so many times now that it wouldn’t be shocking. But, at the same time, Lynch wasn’t arrested for something that can’t be proven. The CHP officers didn’t arrest him for, say, misconduct or some other charge like that. He got busted for DUI. So, he shouldn’t get let off the hook for that.
But, what do you think? Is Lynch right to think he may have been a victim of racism? Or, is he just trying to get out of a DUI charge by playing the race card? Leave us a message and let us know. Either way, we hope (as we always do) that we’re not talking about another athlete accused of DUI for a long, long time. But, we fear that there will be another one before we know it. Knock it off, guys.