Seahawks rookie Golden Tate caught trespassing at Bellevue doughnut shop
By JOSHUA ADAM HICKS
Bellevue Reporter Former Staff Writer
June 9, 2010 · Updated 5:22 PM
Seahawks draft pick and former Notre Dame wide receiver Golden Tate was caught trespassing in the Bellevue Top Pot doughnut shop Saturday morning at 3 a.m., according to Bellevue police.
The rookie football player received a trespass warning, according to police spokeswoman Carla Iafrate.
Tate lives adjacent to the doughnut shop in the Washington Square condominium complex, located off 106th Ave. NE between NE 10th and NE Eighth streets.
Top Pot recently signed a deal to become the official coffee and donut partner of Qwest Field – home of the Seahawks, according to a report from TMZ.com.
Tate and a friend gained access to Top Pot through a public hallway that the doughnut shop shares with Washington Square, according to Iafrate. They entered through an unlocked back door, took the doughnuts, and ran away, Iafrate said.
Two bakers working at the time called 9-1-1.
"They were pretty scared about these two guys just coming in and taking doughnuts," Iafrate said.
One of the bakers told dispatch that Tate came back to return a set of keys taken during the incident. She said he tried to blame his friend for the stolen doughnuts, but she claims she saw Tate running from behind the counter.
Tate talked to the media about the incident Tuesday.
"We went to Top Pot, freshly baked maple bars; made the mistake, my buddy made the mistake of going in, grabbing a couple; we ate them," he said. "I'm very apologetic to it. This is the wrong type of media I want to bring to this organization. I apologize to the team, the coaches, and even Top Pot."
Tate plugged Top Pot doughnuts several times during his interview.
"When I got here, it was one of the first things I had," he later said. "They're irresistable. It was kind of a foolish mistake that won't happen again."
Audio of the 9-1-1 call is available at TMZ.com.