I have more information on Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt’s legal issues this morning that caused him to miss practice on Tuesday.
According to documents obtained from King County District Court, Moffitt is being charged for misdemeanor trespassing and obstruction.
Moffitt’s agent Michael George said the charges stem from an initial incident that took place in January of 2012, when Moffitt was cited for public urination at Bellevue Place.
According to George, the Seattle offensive lineman chose what he thought was a discreet place to go to the bathroom behind the mall. However, a mall security officer spotted Moffitt and cited him for trespassing. Moffitt also was banned from mall property for a year.
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However, according to George, Moffitt had dinner at restaurant in August 2012 that he did not know was part of the Bellevue Place property. Moffitt was spotted by security, who then called Bellevue Police and had him arrested for trespassing.
“It is what it is,” George said. “He’s cooperating with them and trying to take care of it. It was a collegiate-type of mistake. It’s not like he went there to commit a crime.”
“I know he’s a good guy,” George added. “He would never do anything purposely to harm anyone or their property. It just happened.”
Moffitt’s next court appearance is June 14.
While seemingly harmless, Moffitt’s legal trouble represents the third issue with the law for a Seattle player this year.
Linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested for an alleged domestic disturbance in February. A free agent, Hill has not re-signed with Seattle or any other NFL team.
Backup quarterback Josh Portis was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this month. The Seahawks released Portis last week.
Moffitt is one of seven Seattle players since 2011 to run afoul of the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.
Moffitt was suspended for the last four weeks of the 2011 season for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity. Moffitt did not pre-clear taking the drug with the league.
A third-round selection by the Seahawks in the 2011 draft, Moffitt has started 15 games for Seattle over two seasons. However, in 2012 he lost his starting right guard job to J.R. Sweezy.