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Monday, January 16, 2006

Locklear Arrested

From Stacey Mulick and Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

Seattle Seahawks right tackle Sean Locklear was arrested early Sunday, hours after the team’s playoff victory, on suspicion of domestic violence.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Locklear allegedly grabbed his girlfriend around her neck and pushed her outside a bar in Seattle’s Belltown district.

The 24-year-old Locklear spent the rest of the holiday weekend in King County Jail in Seattle and faces a mandatory appearance today before a Seattle Municipal Court judge so his bail can be established. He was being held Monday without bail.

Locklear’s arrest came several hours after he played in the Seahawks’ 20-10 victory Saturday over the Washington Redskins.

Coach Mike Holmgren didn’t comment Monday about Locklear’s status heading into Sunday’s NFC Championship Game against the Carolina Panthers.

“I have to wait for details on that,” he said during a press conference. “I’m aware of the situation but I don’t know the details yet and so right now, I have no comment other than to say as soon as we get some definitive answers, Dave (Pearson, director of communications) will release something.”

According to a Seattle police report, officers were called to the 80 block of Blanchard Street about 1:20 a.m. Sunday after three witnesses said they saw Locklear assaulting his girlfriend.

The 23-year-old woman told officers she and Locklear were in a nearby bar with some friends when he got angry because he saw her dancing with another man. Locklear confronted his girlfriend and they went outside.

The girlfriend tried to tell Locklear she had not done anything wrong, but he got even more upset, according to the police report. As they walked down the sidewalk, Locklear grabbed the woman around the neck and pushed her into a doorway, three witnesses told police.

The girlfriend repeatedly told officers Locklear didn’t do anything wrong and he should remain free. The report said she had marks on her neck and chest, but she refused to allow officers to take photographs of the marks. She also declined to provide a written statement.

Locklear confirmed to officers that he and his girlfriend were arguing.

“He also stated that he grabbed her but said it was by the front of her shirt, not her neck,” the police report stated.

The three witnesses told officers Locklear had grabbed the woman twice around the neck. The allegations led to Locklear’s mandatory arrest on suspicion of domestic violence assault, police spokesman Sean Whitcomb said.

“It does become a fairly clear-cut case of assault,” he said.

Neither Holmgren nor Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander thought Locklear’s arrest would be a distraction this week for the Seahawks.

“Not really,” Holmgren said. “From what I know about it so far – again, I don’t know anything – it should not be.”

Locklear, who attended North Carolina State, is in his second season with the Seahawks after the team drafted him with the 21st pick in the third round of the 2004 NFL draft.


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