by Lauren Gard
Former Cal football star Marshawn Lynch may want to call Kobe Bryant or, say, a Duke lacrosse player and ask for a few tips. An ex-girlfriend who alleges the NFL hopeful choked, slapped and sexually assaulted her on December 13 was granted a restraining order Friday in Alameda County Superior Court. The woman filed a civil complaint on December 19; the DA's office is reviewing the case and has yet to file criminal charges. Lynch's lawyer says his client is innocent of any wrongdoing.
"He has ducked, juked, and spun away from the spotlight as often as he could," the Chronicle reported earlier this month when Lynch went public with his decision to leave Cal and join the NFL draft, where the twenty-year-old (whom the paper described as a "self-professed 'mama's boy'") is expected to be snapped up in round one. An earlier, August 2005 article , mentioned what may prove to be a useful skill: "He can also, when need be, use deft moves to evade tacklers." Looks like this may be one of those times.
Still, from a quick survey of major online football forums, it seems that at this point Lynch can expect supporters aplenty to rally by his side. Message boards are rife with speculation that the woman in question is trying to milk Lynch for some of the millions he's likely to soon rake in. (Right. Because recent high-profile cases like this one and this one have proven that it's such a fast, easy way to win a buck.) Other football fans simply seem to think this kind of debacle par for the course. As one poster put it, "NOW he's NFL-ready."
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