Seattle Seahawks deem assault allegations against Marshawn Lynch ‘bogus’
The Seattle Seahawks came out in full support of running back Marshawn Lynch as his name is being mentioned in an alleged assault allegation presently being conducted by the Bellevue (Wash.) police. The team, after reviewing the allegations, have deemed them nothing more than “bogus.”
According to a Bellevue Police Department report, Lynch reportedly is a person of interest related to an assault and property damage that allegedly occurred early Sunday morning involving a female victim.
A press release for Bellevue PD reads as follows (via The Seattle Times):
On August 10, 2014, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department received an allegation of an assault and personal property damage at a downtown Bellevue apartment unit. The incident was alleged to have occurred at 2:30 a.m. on August 10. The female victim alleged that the suspect was Marshawn T. Lynch. No domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation. The case has been assigned to a detective and is an active investigation. The Bellevue Police Department is in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved. No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time.
Even though Lynch is named in the release, all may not be as it seems.
On Monday, Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler indicated that no additional details would be provided and stressed that “this is only an allegation,” adding, “We haven’t even verified that he was involved.”
Between the murky allegations and the team presumably doing its own due diligence in investigating the alleged incident, the Seahawks stood firmly behind Lynch as the investigation continues, essentially downplaying any significance or merit to the story and deeming it “bogus.”
“While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,” the Seahawks indicated in statement released on Tuesday, according to ESPN.
Lynch was at Seahawks practice on Tuesday but did not speak with the media.
The team obviously will wait it out and be patient as the police complete its investigation into the allegations, but in a time when teams almost uniformly refuse to comment one way or the other when incidents such as this one arises, it’s surprising that the Seahawks went full frontal in its rigorous defense of its player.