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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Updated: August 14, 10:55 AM ET
Marshawn Lynch cleared by police

By Terry Blount
ESPN.com

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault and property damage accusation, the Bellevue, Washington, police department said Wednesday night.

Marshawn Lynch
Marshawn Lynch has been cleared of any involvement in an assault investigation, Bellevue, Washington, police said.

"The Bellevue Police Department has determined that Marshawn Lynch was not involved in this incident in any way," the department said in a statement. "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."

The Bellevue PD had said Monday that Lynch was under investigation following an assault and property damage claim by an unnamed female.

The Seahawks called the accusation "bogus" in a one-sentence statement Tuesday.

"While we maintain the utmost respect for the investigative process, after speaking with Marshawn, we are comfortable these accusations are bogus," the statement read.

Seahawks officials spoke to Lynch and had proof that he was in his hotel room at the time the alleged incident took place.

Lynch, 28, missed the first eight days of training camp after holding out for changes in his contract, which 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 raised his 2014 base salary from $5 million to $6.5 million, but team sources said Lynch wanted an additional $5 million in 2014.