Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 13
KING 5 News and Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times have an update on Lynch:
#BREAKING Marshawn Lynch cleared of criminal investigation in Bellevue, WA— KING 5 News (@KING5Seattle) August 14, 2014
News release states he was "not involved in any way."— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) August 14, 2014
Sebastian Garrett-Singh of the Bellevue Dispatch has more from the police:
The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer passed along a statement from the Seahawks on the investigation into Lynch:
#Seahawks statement: "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process …— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) August 12, 2014
#Seahawks statement (cont.): “...after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus."— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) August 12, 2014
Marshawn Lynch already missed part of training camp with the Seattle Seahawks because he was holding out. Now, the star running back could be forced out of action for far more serious reasons, as he's currently being investigated for "an allegation of assault and personal property damage."
Chris Daniels of KING 5 News reported the news Monday:
BREAKING: Bellevue Police investigating Seahawk Marshawn Lynch on an allegation of assault and personal property damage. #Seahawks— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) August 11, 2014
BREAKING: Per Bellevue PD - the incident involving Lynch occurred at 2:30am on Sunday, at a downtown Bellevue Apartment Unit.— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) August 11, 2014
Bellevue Police say they haven't spoken w/Marshawn Lynch yet to get his side of story. Case was assigned to a detective this AM. #Seahawks— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) August 11, 2014
Stephen Cohen of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer had more:
Bellevue PD: “No domestic violence or sexual assault” involved in allegation against #Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch.— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) August 11, 2014
Statement from Bellevue PD Re: #Seahawks’ Lynch is very, very tentative. Basically, all we know is there’s been an allegation. That’s it.— Stephen Cohen (@scohenPI) August 11, 2014
That last part is important, as no charges have been filed and Lynch hasn't so much as been questioned in the case yet. Suffice it to say, to this point, the Bellevue Police Department has essentially issued a release stating it is looking into the matter.
Lynch, 28, is one of the NFL's best running backs and players in general. He's accounted for at least 1,200 rushing yards, 12 total touchdowns and 300 touches in each of his three full seasons with the Seahawks.
So important was he to Seattle's 2013 Super Bowl triumph that the NFL Network named him its No. 14 player in the Top 100 Players of 2014 list.
Lynch has had his share of legal issues in the past, however. In 2009, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge. Along with serving community service and three years of probation, he was suspended by the NFL for three games. He was also involved in a hit-and-run in 2008.
Those issues were during his stint with the Buffalo Bills. He has mostly stayed out of trouble off the field with the Seahawks, though he did plead guilty to a reduced reckless driving charge after being initially charged with a DUI for an incident in 2012.
It remains to be seen what will come from this investigation.
Lynch is entering his fifth season with the Seahawks. Despite his tremendous success with the team, including a Super Bowl title, he has to be looking over his shoulder with young, talented players like Christine Michael and Robert Turbin waiting in the wings. That likely played a part in his brief holdout, which ended after a few tweaks to his contract.
The team has plenty of talent for another run in 2014, but there's no doubt the Seahawks and the league will be monitoring this situation closely as it develops.