Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch cleared by Bellevue police of allegations
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was cleared Wednesday night by the Bellevue Police Department of allegations of assault and personal property damage.
Seattle Times staff reporter
RENTON — Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was cleared Wednesday night by the Bellevue Police Department of allegations of assault and personal property damage.
The BPD had said Monday it was investigating Lynch in connection with an incident alleged to have occurred at 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
The statement from the BPD Wednesday night read: “The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in last weekend’s property damage and assault case in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the Seahawks organization during this investigation.”
The Seahawks on Tuesday had called the allegations “bogus’’ in their own statement.
“While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,” the Seahawks’ statement read.
The Seahawks were in training camp on the night of the incident. During camp, players are sequestered at hotels and given curfews with security guards manning the floors.
Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler had said on Tuesday that the case was a “high priority’’ for the department and that it hoped to reach a “quick resolution.’’
The investigation came to light when the BPD released a statement Monday saying it was investigating whether Lynch was involved in the incident, saying it received the allegation Sunday at 2:20 p.m.
Lynch, 28, held out the first week of training camp but returned on July 31 after the team agreed to turn $1.5 million in incentives and future pay into base salary for 2014. That raised his base salary for this year from $5 million to $6.5 million in what is the third year of a four-year contract signed in the spring of 2012 worth up to $31 million.
Lynch did not play last Thursday against Denver but could see action Friday against the Chargers.