RENTON – Allegations of assault and personal property damage made against star running back Marshawn Lynch are “bogus,” the Seahawks said Tuesday.
The team made that declaration in a brief statement it released to media while the Seahawks, including Lynch, were practicing at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center.
“While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,’’ the statement read.
The statement came a day after the Bellevue Police Department released a statement that it was investigating an allegation of assault and personal property damage against Lynch made on Sunday. The incident was alleged to have occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
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Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said after seeing the statement that the Seahawks “can release whatever they want’’ but the investigation remains ongoing.
Tyler said the Seahawks are “cooperating’’ and have been “respectful of the process.’’
Late Tuesday afternoon, he released the following statement:
“This case remains a high priority for the Bellevue Police Department, and we are committed to bringing this investigation to a quick resolution. We have a full-time detective working this case, and that detective has made significant progress in investigating these allegations fully and thoroughly.”
Coach Pete Carroll said after the team’s practice that he had no additional comment other than to support the statement.
“I’m just going along with the statement that we made for right now,’’ he said. “Support whatever the statement was from the club.’’
The incident came during a time when the Seahawks are in training camp, which concludes Wednesday. During training camp, players are housed in a local hotel and are under a curfew, with security guards on hand to enforce a bed check.
Tyler said Monday the Bellevue PD planned to talk to Lynch as part of its investigation. He said Tuesday morning the department is not releasing whether it has talked to Lynch yet.