The NFL keeps records of many things, but it’s not clear whether the use of the word “bogus” has been offered by a team in dismissing a police investigation of a player is unique. So at least let’s call it rare.
Here is the complete statement from the team Tuesday morning regarding a pending investigation of Marshawn Lynch by the Bellevue Police Dept.:
“While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus.”
Lynch was the object of a complaint by an unidentified woman Sunday alleging an assault and property damage at a Bellevue apartment. BPD released a statement Monday about the investigation of the alleged episode, which was unusual from a media standpoint because no arrest had been made, nor were there public accounts from witnesses.
The statement did say the allegation was not about domestic violence or sexual assault, and admitted the investigation had not yet determined whether the alleged perpetrator was Lynch.
The Seahawks obviously figured out to their satisfaction that Lynch committed no misdeed, particularly in view of the fact that training camp still requires curfew for players at the team hotel.
“I’m just going along with the statement that we made for right now,” coach Pete Carroll said after practice. “Just support whatever the statement was from the club.”
Asked what the team was told, he said, “It’s not a topic for us right now. We’re not talking about it.”
Lynch was a full participant in drills Tuesday and might see action Friday in the home exhibition opener against San Diego. Of Lynch’s practice, Carroll said, “Very good. Very good today.”
BPD said their investigation continues.