Some blunts were found, but no drug charges were filed. They did, however, find a semi-automatic handgun in Lynch's bag, resulting in a firearm possession charge.
Normally probation would not be shocking at all, except that Lynch's young career has already seen a lot of trouble, some of it serious. Last year, he admitted to driving off after hitting a female pedestrian in Buffalo. He had previously been accused of sexual assault, although he was never arrested or charged. A hit-and-run is not exactly a nothing crime, but Lynch escaped that one with just a $100 fine after police attested to the fact that his victim did not suffer "severe" physical injury. In this most recent case, the original felony-weapons charge was knocked down to three misdemeanors. So in less than a year, Lynch has been in a hit-and-run and found in a car full of weed smoke with a loaded, unregistered handgun. And yet he's never been disciplined, either by the Bills or the NFL.
This guy seems to me to be on the Chris Henry Express to bad news. For now, give him seven more points for the gun charge, on top of the 25 he's already got, and keep an eye out.
When he's not googling "Bosworth-less" and "Buffalo Bengal," Matt Taibbi writes for Rolling Stone. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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