I just spoke with Bellevue Police Department Public Information Officer Seth Tyler regarding this morning’s start of an investigation of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for his potential involvement in an alleged assault early Sunday in the Seattle suburb.
“We are going to be reaching out and talking to him, yes,” Tyler said.
Tyler said the investigating officer received the case just this morning, so the department is not speculating how long its investigation might last. Tyler said Bellevue PD is planning to release a statement of its findings on the investigation when it is completed.
“I can tell you there is not going to be any additional information coming today,” Tyler said.
The police department’s statement on the allegation is here:
After not making the trip to Denver for the team’s exhibition opener on Thursday and the team’s off days Friday and Saturday, Lynch practiced with the Seahawks on Sunday. It was his most action of training camp, to which he reported late two weeks ago following a short contract holdout.
The Seahawks’ players are off from practicing today and are due back on the field Tuesday morning.
The News Tribune website posted the wire-service story on the investigation about an hour ago. Before that I had a conversation with TNT Sports Editor Darrin Beene on the matter. We agreed there wasn’t much to go on at that point and that we would not immediately publish the allegation. After all, any citizen can accuse anyone of anything.
The Bellevue’s PIO confirming that the department will be speaking to Lynch regarding this allegation is the news that pushed the story forward for us to publish.
I don’t expect anything more on this until at least tomorrow, if and when coach Pete Carroll talks about it following practice.