Golden Tate apologizes for donut run

Before the draft, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate boasted that he won’t be a problem because he knows how to make “tough decisions.”

His first incident in the NFL apparently arose from a friend’s inability to do the same.

Tate has learned a thing or two from his former quarterback regarding the art of throwing a friend under the bus.  “A buddy made the mistake of going in, grabbing a couple,” Tate said, per Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times.  “We ate them. 
Nothing much to the story other than that.”

Still, Tate apologized for the incident at a Bellevue, Washington Top Pot
donut store.  “This is the wrong type of media I want to bring to the
organization,” Tate said
“I apologize to the team, the coaches and even Top Pot.”

He
should be thanking Top Pot, too.  As we understand it, Tate didn’t do a
perp walk because Top Pot chose not to press charges.  (And Top Pot should be thanking Tate for the free advertising.)

Tate also explained he received only a warning for trespassing, not a citation or a ticket.  “Just kind of said, ‘Don’t do it again.’  Which I won’t,” Tate said.

Coach Pete Carroll shrugged off the situation, while acknowledging that it’s never a good idea to take food from a store that isn’t open.  “I’m not disappointed in a guy being in a donut
shop when they’ve got maple bars like Top Pot has,” Carroll said.  “However, under the circumstances I
think they were closed or . . . something like that. . . .  We talked about it, and he’s most remorseful about it and
all that.  I do understand the allure of the maple bars.”

So Tate has learned his lesson.  “I’m very embarrassed to even have my name a part of this,” he said.  “Before now, I’ve never had some trouble in any type of school or anything.  I’d rather learn on this than have something a few months or years down the road that’s a lot bigger and me being arrested or cited for something.  So this is definitely a lesson learned for me, and next time, I’m just going to have my buddy go in and buy them instead.”

That’ll be hard to do if the store is, you know, closed.  Maybe they can just leave their money in the cash register.

56 responses to “Golden Tate apologizes for donut run

  1. what an idiot. he has no common sense and is just a jerk who thinks he can do whatever he wants.

  2. A smart boy you got yourself there, seahags! ——
    “I’ve never had some trouble in any type of school or anything”

  3. “I apologize to the team, the coaches and even Top Pot.”
    ==============
    And EVEN Top Pot? Shouldn’t they have been at the top of the list? I mean, after all, they are the ones you stole something from, right? And the ones who chose to let you walk?

  4. “I do understand the sllure of maple bars” LMAO! Freakin awesome! I can’t stand Pete Carroll but I have to hand it to him for sticking up for his player and his choice of words on this matter! I’ll be laughing the rest of my day! Thanks Tate!

  5. Unfortunately for Tate and his friend, 11 Bellevue patrol cars along with several officers on foot happened to be within the immediate vicinity of the donut shop at that hour.

  6. “he won’t be a problem because he knows how to make tough decisions.”
    never under estimate the toughness of choosing jelly filled over the bear claw.
    nice career start.

  7. 4 game suspension from GODdell, knock it down to 2 games if he watches Dr. Oz episodes and can discuss high fructose corn syrup!

  8. Oh….It was the MAPLE BARS….well that explains it for me!
    Carroll comes across like a bigger idiot than Tate.

  9. That is BS!!!
    He should have gotten community service and have to help out people who can’t afford food. He’s going to have millions of dollars and he steals donuts? Jerk.

  10. It also might have a ton to do with Top Pot being endorsed as the Seahawks Official Donut. Sounds like a publicity stunt to me.

  11. While it remains to be determined if any charges will be laid, Bellevue PD nevertheless thought it prudent to sieze the contents of the display shelves in the establishment as evidence. Along with the packaged goods in the back of the store.

  12. he knows the baker lives right on top the owner said he is cool with it and it was a pr stunt.. now onto drama recievers.. crabtree and bryant throwing up.

  13. After the apology, Pete Carroll told Golden Tate to get the “glazed” look out of his eyes.

  14. So Pete, if it were to be anything of then maple bars you would have had him suspended. I think your more disappointed at the fact that he didn’t steal you any than the fact that he stole in general, am i right?

  15. I didn’t think a person dared mess with a cop’s donuts — I’m suprised he wasn’t tasered.

  16. “I’m not disappointed in a guy being in a donut shop when they’ve got maple bars like Top Pot has,” Carroll said. “I do understand the allure of the maple bars.”
    Pete does a commercial in exchange for Top Pot not prosecuting.

  17. So do the Top Pot donuts like have Pot in them? Or what’s the story on them? Is this some type of hippie medical marijuana place?

  18. time will tell if he “learns on it”, or not. he needs to learn on some grammer, too.

  19. “…and now excuse me while I go stage dive into the Michigan State Marching Band.” – Golden Tate on responsibility

  20. I like that there is a store called Top Pot.
    And that they sell donuts no less.
    Freddie Mitchell should look into buying a franchise.

  21. KEY INFO LEFT OUT OF REPORT: This doughnut shop recently signed a deal to provide the doughnuts and coffee concessions for Qwest Field — home of the Seahawks. Think it’s a coincidence that Tate got off so easily? I think not.

  22. “Before the draft, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate boasted that he won’t be a problem because he knows how to make tough decisions.” — Funny thing is, for most of us, not breaking into a doughnut shop in the middle of the night would actually be a very easy decision. Apparently, that’s what threw him off… Had it been a ‘tough’ decision, he might not have screwed it up. I guess?

  23. In the wake of the failures of Top Hat, Hot Tap, & Junk Shot, Tate thought it a golden idea to plug the failed BP oil well with a Top Pot pastry. Heck, it’s a better idea than golf balls.

  24. Pretty soon, Obama will give a speech about this, blaming George Bush and Fox news for Tate’s actions, after which he’ll promptly go on World Apology Tour 3.0 … Bet on it!

  25. The cops were pissed that they didn’t find a way in before Tate & his buddy or else there would have been no crime to commit.
    I think he should be working the counter at Top Pot. I’m hoping he’s smarter than some of the other Golden Domer’s I’ve met and can make change …
    BTW, who would name a donut shop “Top Pot” unless you’re just TRYIN’ to get someone to break into the place under false pretenses ?

  26. Two officers were injured in a melee when one of the donuts fell onto the ground.

  27. I’ve never been in trouble before, but once I went pro, I figured, “why not”. Celebrity justice is different from non celebrity justice.

  28. I am just amazed, although I don’t know why, that Coach Carroll doesn’t understand that Mr. Tate was caught “stealing”….obviously Mom and Dad Tate didn’t teach that lesson!

  29. Pete Carroll may come to rue the day he laughed off this first, just-tryin’-out-my-power-stunt.

  30. He’s a 20 something year old kid, let him make mistakes and dont over analyze everything because its the offseason, he stole a donut…let it go

  31. HEY ROVIBE,
    WHY DON’T YOU TAKE YOUR PATHETIC POLITICAL AGENDA SOMEWHERE IT’S WARRANTED. OH YEAH, AND GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

  32. No reason to appologize to Top Pot because nothing was damaged and they are going to benefit financially due to all the free pub they are getting. Plus they are an official sponsor of the Seahawks so they are getting their moneys worth out of this situation

  33. Pete Carroll may come to rue the day he laughed off this first, just-tryin’-out-my-power-stunt.
    >>>>>>>
    I agree. He was too much of a “player’s coach” in New England and let the team Parcells built slowly fall into a shambles. Pete belongs in an inherently corrupt system like USC/NCAA football where discipline doesn’t matter because the sanctions won’t come until you’ve moved on to another job.
    Robbing a closed store is a laughing matter to Pete? He hasn’t coached a game for the Seahawks yet and already the inmates are running the asylum.
    That team should have stuck with Mora. Even though he’s a mediocre coach, the expectations were mediocre as well. The expectations are over Pete’s head, I’m afraid.

  34. What an Idiot! Just like the guy that said “he’s a 20 something yr old kid.” You can’t be serious you dont think a 20 yr old understands what stealing is? What is wrong with our society?

  35. What probably happened was the baker got Tate in and a manager came in and was like, “What the crap!?” He probably called the police before the baker A: explained that he had let him in and B: he lives upstairs and C: probably most importantly, we just signed an agreement with the Seahawks so we probably shouldnt send him to jail.

  36. hrmlss says:
    June 8, 2010 5:43 PM
    So do the Top Pot donuts like have Pot in them? Or what’s the story on them? Is this some type of hippie medical marijuana place?
    ——————————————-
    you’re stupid.
    rovibe says:
    June 8, 2010 5:51 PM
    Pretty soon, Obama will give a speech about this, blaming George Bush and Fox news for Tate’s actions, after which he’ll promptly go on World Apology Tour 3.0 … Bet on it!
    ———————————————
    so are you. pointless hyerbole does nothing to help. stop making us look bad.

  37. Notre Dame ain’t gots no english classes?
    And yes, Top Pot should have been #1 on the apology list.

  38. Rovibe-
    Well done sir. I think W told Tate to go steal those donuts.
    DICECOLDSR-
    I CAN TALK IN ALL CAPS TOO! WAY TO PERPETUATE THE STEREOTYPE, DOUCHE. PRETTY SURE IT WAS A JOKE AND THERE WERE NO FACTS IN HIS STATEMENT ANYWAYS

  39. Were there employees there? I don’t remember hearing about breaking and entering before the incident… If he broke in that’d be another issue. It sounds like an employee was thinking like Oh Snap, That’s Golden Tate and gave him some free donuts. The owners of the donut franchise were like OK, we’ll let the guy get away with it, but since he didn’t have our permission, we’ll act like he did something wrong and get our name out there. Sounds about right to me.

  40. Hard to believe there is no mention of alcohol or drugs in any of this.
    You can’t really blame the guy though, I mean, his old coach at ND would eat a dozen BEFORE breakfast!

  41. Over-privileged, ill-mannered, and under-educated boor. It’s called B&E and if you or I had succumbed to the allure of a maple bar in the same we would have been arrested right quick.
    Coach is a jerk as well for supporting this kind of stuff. Hope the kid gives him big-time headaches this season.

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