From the beginning, Bellevue (Wash.) Police Department investigators remained cautious about naming Marshawn Lynch as a suspect in an alleged assault — stating publicly it must first determine whether the Seattle Seahawks running back "was in fact involved" — and on Wednesday the BPD got its answer.
In a statement to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Bellevue police cleared Lynch of any wrongdoing.
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.
The suburban Seattle police department previously announced its investigation of an alleged assault and personal property damage at a woman's apartment around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. "No domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation," police said, but Lynch was named in the complaint.
The Seahawks also had their doubts from the beginning. Lynch reported for practice the morning of the alleged incident, and on Tuesday the organization released a rather conclusive statement of their own.
While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus.
In the end, Bellevue police agreed the charges were "bogus" — a relief for both the Seahawks and Lynch, who received two years probation in February upon pleading guilty to a reckless driving charge.