If you haven't heard the news Josh Pinkard was pulled over and arrested on May 18th for driving under the influence. The California Highway Patrol stated that they pulled Pinkard over when they witnessed his vehicle swerving on the freeway. There is no mention of whether or not Pinkard's blood alcohol content exceeded the legal limit or whether it was measured at all. Nonetheless, Pinkard is due to appear in court on July 24th.
Pete Carroll acknowledged Pinkard's arrest on Tuesday. His status with the team is uncertain as the coaching staff will wait for more details on the case.
We should all be thankful that Pinkard wasn't involved in an accident and that no one was injured.
How does Pinkard's arrest effect the season?
Well, if Pinkard is found guilty and suspended from the team we will lose "the best player on the team," according to Pete Carroll, for the second year in a row. Pinkard spent all last season recovering from a knee injury he suffered in the game opener. This would end the highly anticipated safety competition that was scheduled to take place this fall between Pinkard, Kevin Ellison, and Taylor Mays. This will create opportunities for Mozique McCurtis and Will Harris to earn playing time.