On Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor revealed that two employees called the police on him after he showed up outside a gym in Redmond, Washington. The owner of the gym, Ryan Neal, offered his side in a statement he released to the media Thursday.
Neal contended his employees acted in accordance with the safety strategies he and the Redmond Police Department communicated to them, per ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia:
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.
According to Samantha Pak of the Redmond Reporter, Neal lost the lease for the Redmond Athletic Club's downtown location, and the club has closed as a result. In a series of tweets he posted a day before, Chancellor explained that he was at the building with a view toward purchasing it (sic):
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. 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. Good thing the cops know I'm a good guy and stealing isn't in my blood. I work for everything I get.
The city of Redmond released the information the employees relayed to the Redmond Police Dispatch on the 911 call. The two employees inside the athletic club reported five men were outside pounding on the door and looking through the windows.
Becky Range, the Redmond PD's public information officer, said the employees "felt unsettled," adding that "the employees thought the five individuals were trying to gain entry into the facility," per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times.
According to Kapadia, Neal has since reached out to Chancellor to potentially work out a deal to sell the athletic club.