The Marshawn Situation

June 4, 2008

I’ve avoided talking about this because frankly, there isn’t much to talk about.  Marshawn’s car was involved in a hit and run and there is nothing in the police report that implies Marshawn was driving the vehicle.  I did want to reiterate what others have already said.  It is not obstruction of justice to not speak to the police.  That’s Marshawn’s constitutional right to remain silent.  The police have the responsibility to build their case to the point where they could charge someone.  After that, the burden falls on the prosecution to prove all the elements of the crime.  Marshawn does not have to help them in either endeavor.

 In addition, I also think the claim that Marshawn is receiving special treatment to be extraordinarily absurd.  So, if a car I own is involved in a hit and run, the police will hold a press conference to say the ball is in my court?  There are going to be articles in the Buffalo News that cast premature judgment and call for me to talk to the police, to forgo my constitutional rights?  I highly doubt it.

None of the above is meant to absolve whomever was responsible for the alleged crime.  If it is true and if the Erie County DA’s Office proves all the elements, then that individual should be held accountable.  Until then, let’s try to refrain from judgment, however hard that may be.