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Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch under police investigation in alleged assault

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Police named Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch in an assault investigation. (AP Photo)
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Police named Seattle Seahawks Marshawn Lynch in an assault investigation. (AP Photo)

Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a subject in a suburban Seattle police investigation into an alleged assault and personal property damage, according to multiple reports out of Washington.

“The Bellevue Police Department is in the process of gathering the facts of this alleged incident, including verifying whether or not Mr. Lynch was in fact involved,” a statement released to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said. “No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time."

A female victim told police the alleged incident took place in her Bellevue apartment at 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning, according to the Associated Press. Allegations reportedly did not include sexual assault or domestic violence, and the Bellevue PD's statement clearly demonstrates caution about naming Lynch as a suspect.

Still, the defending champion Seahawks have to be concerned given their 28-year-old running back's arrest history. While still a member of the Bills, Lynch twice pleaded guilty to misdemeanors — a January 2008 hit-and-run complaint and a February 2009 concealed weapon charge. The latter earned the four-time Pro Bowler a three-game suspension to start the 2010 season, when Buffalo traded him after an 0-4 start.

Just over two weeks after rushing for a touchdown in Seattle's Super Bowl XLVIII win against the Broncos, Lynch entered a guilty plea for reckless driving following a July 2012 DUI arrest. He received two years probation, and Lynch's lawyer did not think any suspension would be levied upon his client this season.

While Lynch's involvement in the incident currently under investigation remains in question, any further charges could potentially result in both a violation of his probation and the league's personal conduct policy.

Following the fifth 1,000-yard season of his seven-year career, Lynch briefly held out of training camp last month, earning a $1 million raise that will make him the NFL's third-highest paid running back this year. He participated in Sunday's practice during the police investigation, and the Seahawks do not practice Monday.

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