Fools rush in (to judge Marshawn Lynch and Tony Stewart guilty)

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Earlier this week it was reported in a number of news outlets that the Bellevue Police Department was investigating Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch for assault.

Sounds scary, right?

So why didn’t we bring you the news story when it happened? Aren’t we running a Seahawks blog here? Shouldn’t you have the right to know when a story of that magnitutude involving one of our core players breaks?

Yes, and no. There were a couple of reasons why I decided to hold off and not post anything immediately when the news surfaced. First of all, the accusations sounded like grade A bologna. As another aside, I’m pretty hungry.

The more important reason is that the last time a Seahawks player was involved in a police investigation I jumped the gun. This occurred a couple months ago when Ricardo Lockette was rumored to be hanging out with Colin Kaepernick in Miami. Drugs and naked ladies and police were involved. When TMZ broke the story they used the words “sexual assault investigation” and I did the same when I originally posted about it. As it turns out, there was no investigation for sexual assault – only a “suspicious incident.” While I was very careful in the article to not jump out (like many Seahawks fans did) on a limb and call Squidward a rapist, the original headline was misleading. I should have known better than to take TMZ’s word for it and I apologize.

One of my bigger pet peeves is when people rush to judgment about a situation that they had nothing to do with. This past weekend the phenomenon could be seen when Tony Stewart killed another driver in a dirt race. Immediately tens of thousands of internet commenters assumed that Stewart had some malicious intent and called it a premeditated murder. I’m certain that most of them never even watched the video, which shows the victim climb out of his car, run out into the middle of the track, duck several vehicles and then point his finger at Stewart’s oncoming car. Based on one grainy video with a poor angle of the accident a lot of folks said they saw Stewart swerve into the other driver – he wanted to kill him clearly.

There’s a word to describe people who make those kind of kneejerk reactions, and it rhymes with idiots.

I held off about the Marshawn Lynch story because lies travel at the speed of light on the internet and sometimes it takes awhile for the truth to catch up. Maybe it would turn out that the report was an error and Lynch was in fact a suspect in a serial murderer case. Or maybe it would turn out that the whole thing was bogus.

As it happens, right now it looks like the latter is the case. Yesterday a spokesperson for the Seattle Seahawks released this statement regarding the issue:

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(As another aside – who writes these things?)

Anyway, I don’t know what Lynch told the front office but obviously whatever it was made them confident enough to put this out. For an organization as careful as the Seahawks to do so can only lead me to believe that the accusations are absolute crap.

Everyone has an opinion, but the fact is that people who look and carry themselves like Lynch does are often judged guilty based on the flimsiest of pretences and deep-seeded bias. As of right now the only fault I see belongs with the Bellevue Police Department which leaked this information to the media in the first place.

I don’t know what was going through Tony Stewart’s head on that track and neither do you, so let’s reserve judgment. I do know that Marshawn Lynch has returned to training camp and head coach Pete Carroll says he’s in better shape than he’s ever seen him, and that is all I really care about at the end of the day. Let’s football.

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