Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate has explained the incident where he was “warned” for trespassing in a Washington State Top Pot donut shop at 3am Saturday.
Tate remarked on his run-in with police at the Bellevue Top Pot location this past weekend:
“We went to Top Pot for freshly baked maple bars,” Tate said after the Seahawks’ offseason practice session Tuesday. “A buddy made the mistake of going in and grabbing a couple. We ate them. Nothing much to the story other than that.
“I’m very apologetic to it. This is the wrong kind of media I want to bring to this organization. I apologize to the team, the coaches and even Top Pot. As of now, I think that’s the end of it.”
Coach Pete Caroll said that he totally understands the allure of the maple bar:
“I’m not disappointed in a guy being in a donut when they’ve got maple bars like Top Pot has,” coach Pete Carroll said. “However, under the circumstances I think they were closed or they were trying to closed or something like that. “So that’s definitely one we talked about it, and he’s most remorseful about it and all that. I do understand the allure of the maple bars.”
As for Top Pot, their founder Mark Klebeck swears the incident is not a publicity stunt of any sort.