The Seattle Seahawks have done their own investigating into the allegations of assault and personal property damage against running back Marshawn Lynch and have come to a conclusion. They're not buying them.
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From a Seahawks spokesperson:
While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus.
Yes, they said bogus. Somehow, with Lynch involved, that word choice seems apropos.
This is obviously good news for the team and for Lynch and very well could be the end of this case. The Bellevue (Wash.) police statement was very vaguely worded about the investigation, and did not name Lynch specifically as a suspect, which certainly cast some doubt on the validity of the charges.
If you remember, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was falsely accused of a possible sexual assault earlier this year. It's a stark reminder that while some NFL players do step afoul of the law, many too are victims of misguided accusations.
It has been a busy year for Lynch, who famously refused to speak to the media before winning the Super Bowl, allowed reports to surface about a possible holdout before training camp and then reported without incident after receiving a bump in pay. He also was spotted in Oakland with velvet ropes around his super luxury car, in true Lynchian form.
Lynch will have to be cleared by the police investigation, but the bold nature of the Seahawks statement leads one to believe that this case — at least in their eyes — is much ado about nothing.
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