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Seahawks' Lynch cleared by police

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 14 2014 09:36:28 AM CDT
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, Super Bowl media day

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was cleared in a police investigation Wednesday night.

An accusation of assault and property damage was made against Lynch for an incident that occurred early Sunday morning.

The Bellevue (Wash.) police issued a statement Wednesday that read: "The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way. The case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from Mr. Lynch and the Seahawks organization during this investigation."

After a woman made the claims regarding Lynch on Monday, the Seahawks released a statement on Tuesday that said, "While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus."

According to police, no domestic violence or sexual assault was involved in the allegation.

Lynch ended a holdout after missing the first eight days of training camp, seeking changes in his contract. He 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.

He did not play Aug. 7 when the Seahawks opened their preseason with a 21-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in a Super Bowl rematch.