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January 28, 2009 10:17 AM

Seahawks rap sheet under Tim Ruskell

Posted by Danny O'Neil

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There's potentially one omission from the following list of arrests of Seahawk players since Tim Ruskell became president, and that's Jordan Babineaux. Babineaux was suspended for one game at the start of last season for some sort of incident. Babineaux would not reveal what happened, and a public-records check in Washington state and his home county in Texas did not turn up anything to explain the suspension. That discipline was consistent with a violation involving alcohol or drugs.

Player DateChargeDiscipline
Koren Robinson May 6, 2005Suspicion of DUIReleased by Seahawks, June 2, 2005
Robinson was the first manifestation of what behavior the Seahawks would not tolerate. He was re-signed to Seattle in September 2008, and that showed that there is room for redemption in that behavior code. The Seahawks re-signed Robinson after research found Robinson had changed. "This was a lot of research," Ruskell said of the decision. "But Koren's a good person ... All of us believe in second chances, but this could be a good story and Koren wants that."
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Sean Locklear Jan. 15, 2006Suspicion of domestic violenceSuspended one game by NFL, Oct. 29, 2006
Locklear was arrested the week before the NFC Championship Game. He played in the game, but was suspended for one game for violating the league's personal-conduct policy.
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Bryce Fisher April 11, 20064th degree assaultCharge dismissed, Feb. 21, 2007
The case was dismissed, and in the docket, the prosecutor noted that the victim was unwilling to proceed. Fisher was initially charged with misdemeanor assault. He was traded by Seattle in September 2007, but Ruskell was unequivocal in saying the decision had nothing to do with the arrest. Ruskell characterized Fisher as a "model" Seahawks in his two-plus seasons with the team.
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Jerramy Stevens March 12, 2007Drunk drivingFound guilty, Sept. 7, 2007
Stevens was not on the Seahawks roster at the time of his arrest. He was an unrestricted free agent at the time of his arrest in Arizona. Stevens was suspended a total of three games over his past two seasons in Tampa Bay because of this incident because the drunk-driving conviction and the marijuana possession -- which was noted in the police report but not charged -- were treated as separate incidents.
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Rocky Bernard April 21, 2008Investigation of domestic violenceStipulated order of continuance, June 16, 2008
Bernard was suspended for the season-opener by the NFL in 2008.
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Lofa Tatupu May 10, 2008Suspicion of DUIPleaded guilty, July 7, 2008
Tatupu was not suspended by the league, and the team did not disclose any discipline it imposed upon Tatupu.
Player DateChargeDiscipline
Leroy Hill Jan. 24, 2008 2009Misdemeanor drug possession 
Hill was found with two bags of marijuana in a backpack in his car. The expectation is that he will face some sort of discipline for the arrest.


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