The Seahawks' public-relations department has released a team statement regarding Monday's news that star running Marshawn Lynch was under investigation by the Bellevue Police Department following allegations by a woman of assault in the Seattle suburb early Sunday.
The statement reads: "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus."
Not untrue. Not unfounded.
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After practice, coach Pete Carroll refused to elaborate. He stood behind "bogus" and said there was nothing more to address on the matter.
A spokesman for the Bellevue Police Department, officer Seth Tyler, told the News Tribune on Monday that an investigator would be "reaching out and talking to" Lynch. Officer Tyler would not speculate when the investigation might end, but said his department would be releasing a statement when it does.
One not-so-insignificant issue to consider here: The Seahawks are still in training-camp mode through this week. That means all players, Lynch included, are required to be in the team hotel by an appointed curfew/bed-check time each night. NFL teams post security personnel on the floors of team hotels after bed checks, so if anyone would leave or enter those floors during those overnight hours a team would know about it.
And only a team that feels certain a player was in its hotel during a night would issue a statement such as this morning's that uses the term "bogus" to characterize an accusation.
Just a thought.
Lynch was on the field practicing with the Seahawks' first-team offense again today. His last two practices have been his most substantial work of this preseason, since he reported late following a short contract holdout.