Another Seattle Seahawks player has run afoul of the law, but this time, it has nothing to do with PEDs. Offensive guard John Moffitt missed the team's OTA practice on Tuesday because he had a court date in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue to answer for charges of trespassing and obstruction of justice. However, the details of the incidents get a bit weirder than one might assume from those relatively generic charges.
According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Moffitt was banned from Bellevue Square, the city's most prominent mall and all surrounding Kemper Freeman properties (which take up most of downtown Bellevue) starting on Jan. 21, 2012. However, he returned to the mall on June 14 and was allegedly spotted by security urinating near a vehicle outside a bar called Paddy Coyne's. Police were called, and Moffitt hoofed it into the nearby Washington Square condos, where he evaded the cops.
A week later, Moffitt was apprehended at the bar of the Pearl restaurant at the Lincoln Square mall.
“Once outside, two pairs of handcuffs were placed on Moffittt due to his large size and a recent shoulder injury,” the police report stated, per the Seattle P-I. “Both sets of handcuffs were checked for tightness, and all were double locked.”
As far as we know, Paul Blart was not involved in any of this.
Moffitt has another court date on June 14, where he will answer for a public urination charge. Seattle's third-round pick in 2011 out of Wisconsin, Moffitt has played decently over the last two seasons when he hasn't been fighting injuries. He was also one of those Seahawks players suspended for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. That suspension was announced in December of 2011 when Moffitt was already on the injured reserve list. It was later revealed that Moffitt had been taking Adderall.
Moffitt's misadventures simply add to a growing perception that as talented as the Seahawks are, they're unable to employ enough impulse control to keep things together. No team has been suspended for more violations of the NFL's policies on performance-enhancing substances since 2011, and backup quarterback Josh Portis was recently released from the team after a DUI arrest. Pete Carroll has tried to rein things in, but the message doesn't seem to be getting across. Safety Kam Chancellor recently talked about a players-only meeting in which some of the team's veterans (led by fullback Michael Robinson) tried to impart the importance of keeping one's act together.
“Basically, a few of the veterans had a meeting to talk to the guys, and we just talked to the guys about [not] making the same mistakes over and over," Chancellor said on Tuesday. "At some point in time, you have to mature yourself and grow up and not make the same mistakes over and over. We have to protect the team.”
Hopefully, that's not a losing battle.