The owner of the Redmond Athletic Club said in a statement Thursday his employees responded appropriately in calling the police when they saw a group of men, including Seattle Seahawk Kam Chancellor, at the door of the facility.
A day after an incident involving Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor that led to a 911 call, the owner of Redmond Athletic Club said his employees’ decision to call the police was appropriate.
The incident first came to light when Chancellor tweeted Wednesday night that two women had reported him to police because he was checking out the gym, which closed for business Monday. He said he was interested in buying it.
The club’s owner, Ryan Neal, released a statement Thursday about the incident.
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Neal’s statement reads: “We regret this unfortunate incident but completely support the actions of our employees. Our team responded in a manner as instructed by me under the guidance of the Redmond Police Department. We always err on the side of caution when an individual or individuals try to gain entry to the club unannounced. We have recently had attempted break-ins and still have members’ property in the club that we need to protect until returned.
“I have confirmed with Redmond PD that our employee response was appropriate given the situation, but we are nevertheless conducting a review of the security footage to ensure their response was appropriate. As the owner of the Redmond Athletic Club, I have attempted to reach out to Mr. Chancellor to discuss his interest in the purchase of the club in a traditional business discussion. If Mr. Chancellor or anyone else is interested in the club or our equipment, they can reach out to me directly or attend our public auction in April.”
Becky Range, the public information officer for the Redmond Police Department, described the incident as a misunderstanding.
Chancellor tweeted: “The funniest thing just happened too me in Redmond. I went to go get info on a gym that was closed and 2 ladies called the cops on me.”
He continued, tweeting: “They told the cops I was trying to rob the place because I was looking into the glass asking for help. I took a picture of the two employees”
He further wrote: “Good thing the cops know I’m a good guy and stealing isn’t in my blood. I work for everything I get” adding that “I guess I won’t put a gym in Redmond then. I’m not qualified. I want to post her face so bad on the phone looking disgusted.”
Range confirmed that a 911 call from the club was made to Redmond police at 4:25 p.m.
Range said Chancellor was among five adults who, according to the club employee, were outside, banging on the door and looking in the window.
“The employees thought the five individuals were trying to gain entry into the facility,’’ Range said. Range said the employees “felt unsettled’’ and called the police.
A tape of the 911 call, released Thursday, revealed that the person making the call indicated three of the people were African-American and two were white.
The woman said the people had been outside the building for around 10 minutes and said, “I don’t know what’s coming next. They are bad news.” She added, “I don’t know if they are homeless kids. I know that there used to be a lot of heroin addicts around here.”
The club had lost its lease and closed Monday.
Range said Redmond police officers arrived as Chancellor and four other individuals were leaving.
“It was a positive interaction,’’ Range said. “They (the officers) said, ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ and that’s when the group said they were just here to check out the facility. They were really easy to talk to, and they said our officers were really nice and they left without incident and no police report was filed.’’