Running back Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks has been a subject of contention throughout the Pacific Northwest this offseason.
First, he staged a contract holdout during the start of training camp, only to end his dispute after missing just eight practices. Then, rumors arose that Lynch had reported out of shape and overweight, both of which turned out to be grossly overstated fabrications of the truth. Yet, while the 12th Man may have released a collective sigh of relief as news of Lynch’s return spread, it turned out to be short-lived.
Just days after reporting to the Seahawks’ practice facility, Lynch was accused of being involved in a Bellevue (WA) Police Department investigation into assault and property damage. The accuser (an unnamed local woman) apparently claimed Lynch was the perpetrator or somehow involved. Obviously, the negative press was poorly timed, as Lynch and the Seahawks had just apparently made amends, but the organization had the All-Pro’s back in this case, and rightfully so. Head coach Pete Carroll even went so far as to call the accusation “bogus” during a recent interview.
While it’s quite likely Carroll had more insight into the situation than anyone outside the organization when he made those comments, it was undoubtedly the right thing to do. In fact, shortly thereafter, Bellevue police notified the public and media that Lynch was no longer a suspect in the investigation and that the Pro-Bowl running back had been in his hotel room throughout the entirety of the alleged incident.
Of course, this is everything Seattle could have hoped for. With Lynch back in the fold, the Seahawks find themselves once again with a loaded backfield capable of unleashing serious damage to NFL defenses. Unfortunately for Lynch, it doesn’t change Seattle’s apparent stance on replacing Beast Mode in the near future. Regardless, fans can take comfort in the fact that the defending champs — as a whole — can now focus all of their energy toward another potential title-run, rather than find themselves further sidetracked by off-field distractions — no matter how fictitious they may be.