Seahawks’ Kam Chancellor: Gym staff wrongfully called cops on me

Thursday March 3rd, 2016

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor tweeted on Wednesday night that two female employees at a gym in Washington thought he was trying to rob the place and reported him to the police. 

“The funniest thing just happened too [sic] me in Redmond. I went to go get info on a gym that was closed and two ladies called the cops on me,” Chancellor wrote. “They told the cops I was trying to rob the place because I was looking into the glass asking for help.

“Good thing the cops know I’m a good guy and stealing isn’t in my blood. I work for everything I get.”

Chancellor, 27, added that he was looking for information about buying the Redmond gym, which had recently gone out of business, according to the Seattle Times. The six-year Seahawks veteran hosts fitness boot camps for women throughout the off-season.

Redmond police confirmed the incident to the Seattle Times and called it a “misunderstanding.”

“Our officers got there and had a great interaction with Kam and four other guys,” police told Deadspin. “Super positive. Super nice guy. We didn’t even do a police report.”​

Ryan Neal, the owner of the gym, released the following statement in response to the incident:

“We regret this unfortunate incident but completely support the actions of our employees....We always err on the side of caution when an individual or individuals try to gain entry to the club unannounced. We have recently had attempted break-ins and still have members' property in the club that we need to protect until returned. I have confirmed with Redmond PD that our employee response was appropriate, given the situation, but we are nevertheless conducting a review of the security footage to ensure their response was appropriate. As the owner of the Redmond Athletic Club, I have attempted to reach out to Mr. Chancellor to discuss his interest in the purchase of the club in a traditional business discussion.”

Police released the 911 call Thursday, in which the caller said the five men were pounding on the doors trying to enter the building.

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