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Seahawks support Lynch in investigation

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 12 2014 01:27:42 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 12 2014 02:09:23 PM CDT
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl media day

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The Seattle Seahawks called a police investigation of an alleged assault and personal property damage claim against running back Marshawn Lynch "bogus" on Tuesday.

The Bellevue Police (Wash.) Department said Monday in a release that the 28-year-old Lynch was accused by an unspecified female victim over an alleged incident at a downtown Bellevue apartment unit at 2:30 a.m. PT Sunday.

The case does not involve domestic violence or sexual assault, police said. Police said they are still gathering facts. No arrests have been made.

"While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus," a Seahawks spokesman said.

Here is the press release from the police:

"On August 10, 2014, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Bellevue Police Department received an allegation of an assault and personal property damage at a downtown Bellevue apartment unit. The incident was alleged to have occurred at 2:30 a.m. on August 10. The female victim alleged that the suspect was Marshawn T. Lynch. No domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation. The case has been assigned to a detective and is an active investigation. 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. No arrests have been made. There is no further information available at this time."

Bellevue Police Department spokesman Seth Tyler said there is no further information at this time and reiterated that "this is only an allegation. We haven't even verified that he was involved," according to the Seattle Times.

Lynch participated throughout Sunday's practice, having what coach Pete Carroll said later was "a very good practice."

The Seahawks returned to practice Tuesday.

Lynch missed the first eight days of training camp after holding out for changes in his contract, which is starting the third year of a $30 million deal.

Lynch returned after the Seahawks added $500,000 from 2015 salary to his 2014 money, along with guaranteeing $1 million in bonus incentives for 2014. That has raised his 2014 base salary from $5 million to $6.5 million.

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