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Originally published Friday, July 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM

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Marshawn Lynch apologizes for DUI arrest

Lynch's previous suspension from the NFL could affect potential punishment for his arrest.

Seattle Times staff reporter

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Marshawn Lynch is expected to plead not guilty to DUI charges when he is arraigned next month in California.

He apologized, however, for his July 14 arrest in a statement released by the team on Friday.

"I want to apologize to my family, the Seattle Seahawks, the NFL and the 12th Man for the negative attention resulting from my recent actions," Lynch said.

"This is not the type of community leader I have been over the last two years or the one I'm striving to become. I want to assure everyone that I will work to be better and look forward to a very exciting, and very successful season with the Seattle Seahawks."

Lynch was arrested after 3 a.m. last Saturday morning. Neither police nor prosecutors have stated what his blood-alcohol content was measured at, but Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, stated it was first measured at 0.08 percent and subsequently 0.10. The legal limit in California is 0.08.

Lynch has been previously suspended by the NFL for violating the personal-conduct policy. There is a separate substance-abuse policy that covers DUI charges, and first-time offenses generally warrant a fine but not a suspension. Lynch's history in terms of league discipline could warrant more punishment, but that may be only after the current case is resolved.

The Seahawks open training camp in a week, with the first practice scheduled for Saturday, July 28.

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