Bellevue police say they are looking into whether the person who accused Marshawn Lynch of assault and personal property damage was lying.
Police spokesman Seth Tyler said Thursday morning the case involving Lynch remains open. But, Tyler said, instead of any alleged wrongdoing by the Seahawks running back there is a possibility of false reporting by the former alleged victim.
“This is not a closed case, the reason is there is a possibility there are some false reporting charges here in the future,” Tyler said. “It remains an open investigation. They’re [investigators] talking to involved witnesses and collecting evidence.”
The investigation came to light when the Bellevue police released a statement Monday saying it was investigating whether Lynch was involved in an incident at 2:30 a.m. Sunday, saying it received the allegation Sunday afternoon.
Tyler said police released information about the case on Monday after someone inaccurately claimed on Twitter that Lynch had been arrested. Tyler emphasizes that Lynch was never arrested.
“There was bad information out to the public that we wanted to correct. We also had a public disclosure request on the case,” Tyler said.
Tyler said that when police received the initial report, they assigned a detective to the case full time.
“We wanted to get this resolved quickly,” Tyler said.
On Wednesday night, Bellevue police put out a statement reading: “The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in last weekend’s property damage and assault case in any way. This case remains an open and active investigation. We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the Seahawks organization during this investigation.”
The Seahawks on Tuesday had called the allegations “bogus’’ in their own statement.
“While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus,” the Seahawks’ statement read.
The Seahawks were in training camp on the night of the incident. During camp, players are sequestered at hotels and given curfews with security guards manning the floors.