Still on probation for a DUI, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch just skimmed straight by a mess of trouble on Monday night at Mezzanine in San Francisco.
At first, a report by Fantasy Alarm had Lynch and Mistah F.A.B., along with their entourages, detained after fists started flying in the club on Sunday night. According to that website’s sources at the club, Lynch was right up on the action when F.A.B.’s crew clashed with DJ Mustard and his minions:
“Sources at the club stated that Lynch, F.A.B. and their crew stormed the backstage guard, went onstage and assaulted DJ Mustard during a performance allegedly because of comments Mustard previously had made on a New York City radio show. Although no arrests were made, Lynch and his crew were escorted out of the club by security.”
But then TMZ Sports comes up with photos and insistence from Mistah F.A.B. putting Lynch well out of the beef blowout. Wouldn’t want to be ineligible to play for a probation violation in the middle of a new $30 million deal. In one photo taken at the beginning of the fight, Lynch can be seen close to where a fight was taking place but a second photo taken moments later shows him out of reach of any new trouble, which just so happens to be his job.
TMZ updated the story to say:
“While F.A.B. tells us there was definitely high tensions between the two crews — things never came to blows… with the rappers adamant that Marshawn was NOT involved in anything physical.”
In 2009, the media-shy Lynch, then with the Buffalo Bills, was hit with a gun charge right around the time his performance was waning. Seattle snatched him up for a fourth-round pick. He’d sit out the first three games as a penalty for the possession charge. Then, at the end of the season, Lynch unraveled Super Bowl champions the New Orleans Saints in the first game of the playoffs, earning him the new moniker Beast Mode.
Here’s the run that some have admitted to watching over and over in awe:
Did you watch it more than once? See?
Ever since, Marshawn’s been one of professional football’s highest performing running backs, well over a grand in yards every season. But that’s not to say he couldn’t lose all of that in the time it takes for a drink to get spilled on the wrong shoe at a bar. The two crews’ beef could easily have turned bloodier than it did. And a lot of Seahawks fans would have raged in forum posts far and wide.
This coming season, it looks as though the Seahawks are lining up behind using running back Christine Micheal more often, which could take the pressure off Lynch but also means fewer chances at the ball. In any case, lining up against the Seahawks’ offense this season will surely bring the butterflies.
[Image courtesy of 3 Minute Drill]