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Donut shop employee said "drunk" Golden Tate stole donuts, keys

Seahawks receiver Golden Tate and coach Pete Carroll downplayed Tate’s recent donut run, which the team likely never would have acknowledged unless accounts of the situation had been reported on Tuesday.

And Tate seemed to placed the blame on a friend for taking the donuts. 

The 911 call made by the night baker from the donut shop suggests otherwise.

The folks at TMZ have tracked down the audio, in which Tate and his friend are described as “drunk” and “acting like idiots.”  Also, the night baker makes it clear at one point that Tate was seen running from behind the counter.

The baker claims that they stole donuts and her keys.

Both Tate and the other man live in the building where the donut shop is located.  At one point, the baker said that building security already had “scolded a couple of drunk people.”  Building security asked the baker what she would have them do about the situation, and the baker said, “Make sure people aren’t coming in here and stealing sh-t from us.”

So while the situation can be laughed off after the fact by the player and the team, the woman who was working in the donut shop didn’t sound amused.

The message to players continues to be the same as it was in the wake of the Ben Roethlisberger situation:  If you get really drunk, there’s a chance you’ll do stupid things.  And sometimes those stupid things will also be illegal.

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51 Responses to “Donut shop employee said "drunk" Golden Tate stole donuts, keys”
  1. pghsteve says: Jun 9, 2010 6:44 AM

    Alcohol and donuts – always a dangerous mix.

  2. Koheba says: Jun 9, 2010 6:54 AM

    You just had to put Ben Roethlisberger’s name in here didn’t you? You JUST HAD TO… c’mon guys..

  3. xxxsixeightxxx says: Jun 9, 2010 6:56 AM

    Dez bryant is due for one of these isnt he?

  4. ham1 says: Jun 9, 2010 7:00 AM

    Why compare tate with rapistburger?
    Rape is not stealing donuts its stealing tacos.

  5. inmotion2207 says: Jun 9, 2010 7:00 AM

    Proof that this story is BS is the fact that I don’t see it on NFL Network, SI.com, or ESPN.com
    Come on man! Write something about OTA’s or something.

  6. i'm president charlie! says: Jun 9, 2010 7:27 AM

    Accused of being drunk!?! 2 game suspension according to Roger Goodell’s discipline policy

  7. Trips Right, 68 Slant, D Slant says: Jun 9, 2010 7:27 AM

    Drunken Dunkin Tate’s pre-camp performance menu:
    Captain Morgan & Krispy Kreme
    Awesome!
    ‘Nation!

  8. TommyBoy123 says: Jun 9, 2010 7:28 AM

    OMG, had this happened in Cincinnati, I guarantee you he would have been arrested and plastered all over the newspapers. The real question is “will Goodell do anything”?

  9. Bill In DC says: Jun 9, 2010 8:01 AM

    ROFL, nice reporting. More evidence of bias in the way players & teams are viewed. Can you imagine the reproting if the WR in question had been Dez Bryant? Instead of being passed off as ‘Oh, funny, look at the cute little rookie antics. Boys will be boys.’ Bryant would have been portrayed as the criminal of the century.
    Theft is theft, regardless of the amount or if its ‘all in fun’, and it says a great deal about the character of the individual. Tate has now established himself as a drunk and a thief with a high expectation of ‘privileged behavior’.

  10. The Real Shuxion says: Jun 9, 2010 8:07 AM

    If you get really drunk, there’s a chance you’ll do stupid things.
    ——————————————————
    Please explain
    -Lindsey Lohan.

  11. Lucky5927 says: Jun 9, 2010 8:10 AM

    Hmm.. so did Tate force his way back there? chances are, the person was not in the front greeting the customers and thus not doing her job. Don’t get me wrong, I am not justifying Tate by any means. But if I was an employee of the Donut shop and I saw two drunk people come in, I would come up front and ask them to leave or serve them and watch them leave.

  12. TheDPR says: Jun 9, 2010 8:15 AM

    That team is going to be a free for all unless some of the veteran players step up and take charge. Pete Carroll hasn’t clue one about discipline. He should have immediately suspended Tate for the first game of the season. Instead he makes jokes.

  13. alewatcher says: Jun 9, 2010 8:19 AM

    Maybe they could change the name of the store to “Drunken Donuts”?

  14. Asswipe Johnson (Pronounced Az-Wee-Pay) says: Jun 9, 2010 8:19 AM

    Mike Florio said:
    “The message to players continues to be the same as it was in the wake of the Ben Roethlisberger situation: If you get really drunk, there’s a chance you’ll do stupid things. And sometimes those stupid things will also be illegal.”
    —————————————————
    As an ex-security guy aka bouncer I have seen my share of stupid and illegal acts by drunkards…this may be the best advice and statement you have ever made on your site, Florio.
    Kudos…

  15. texline says: Jun 9, 2010 8:20 AM

    Actually, being dunk in public is illegal, but to compare this donut shop raid to sexual assault is a stupid thing, and, I assume, you are sober. The message really seems to be : Do whatever you want whenever you want. You are above the law. Cash talks and B.S. walks.

  16. jcasey says: Jun 9, 2010 8:32 AM

    You left off a sentence at the end.
    The message to players continues to be the same as it was in the wake of the Ben Roethlisberger situation: If you get really drunk, there’s a chance you’ll do stupid things. And sometimes those stupid things will also be illegal. And you’ll get away with it.

  17. Rasta says: Jun 9, 2010 8:44 AM

    Does anyone think that these people are really stupid and being drunk just turns this stupidity loose.

  18. hairball says: Jun 9, 2010 8:46 AM

    It would’ve been ok if the night baker had a DTF sticker on.

  19. Patsfan1776 says: Jun 9, 2010 8:53 AM

    Gotta love building security asking what they should do about it. Um, you’re security. Get off the Segway and TASE someone!

  20. mama tried says: Jun 9, 2010 8:53 AM

    Suspend him for 4 games!! 2 min!!

  21. TheToolofTools says: Jun 9, 2010 9:07 AM

    let’s just hope he didn’t take the glazed… they are fattening.

  22. downwithdansnyder says: Jun 9, 2010 9:10 AM

    Yeh, this compares exactly to Big Ben’s mistakes. Are you kidding? If what Tate did was stupid, how could one possibly describe in words what Ben did? No comparison and don’t insult that girl molested by Ben by comparing her to a donut…

  23. chexmate says: Jun 9, 2010 9:23 AM

    Maybe Pittsburgh should of drafted Tate. That way he could provide Rapistburger with Fresh Holes!!!!!!!!!

  24. GDBroker says: Jun 9, 2010 9:26 AM

    Lucky5927 “Hmm.. so did Tate force his way back there? chances are, the person was not in the front greeting the customers and thus not doing her job.”
    If I’m not mistaken, this was in the middle of the night and the shop was closed. They broke in, ate (stole) donuts and were caught when the night baker came in to start her shift. This wasn’t a case where employees weren’t paying attention in the middle of the day and Tate walked by them and grabbed a free donut off the rack. He broke in, so yes, he did force his way back there.

  25. steveinohio says: Jun 9, 2010 9:28 AM

    donut-gate…nice.
    Tate is an ahole for minimizing this thing.
    Carroll is an ahole for the same reason.
    The 911 caller is an ahole for acting like she just caught Bin Laden.
    The cops are aholes for not charging him when they probably would have tased me.

  26. biggredd says: Jun 9, 2010 9:41 AM

    The baker said tate was drunk and had a glazed look in his eyes. There could be a twist in this story.

  27. Staubach says: Jun 9, 2010 9:56 AM

    Don’t blame the alcohol for Tate’s behavior!
    Many people get really drunk but don’t break the law.
    Tate is an A-hole who thinks he’s entitled to do whatever he wants and now he is trying to pass it off by saying, “Oops, I drank too much, it’s not my fault!”. That kind of attitude has gotten a lot of pro athletes in serious trouble and I would be worried if I were a Seattle fan that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

  28. Joe says: Jun 9, 2010 10:05 AM

    sounds like they were high not drunk and sounds like that if this was a normal dude he would be locked up right now. there could be a case made for attempted robbery. when will these over grown kids learn

  29. Raider3:16 says: Jun 9, 2010 10:24 AM

    Aw he just had too many donuts to eat and acted the fool. It happens all the time.

  30. seals says: Jun 9, 2010 10:25 AM

    Pete will look the other way just like he did at USC. Pete is Pete Man. He comes off as a players coach and he probably is but he is also crooked and his players will follow suit. My prediction is Petes second run will be his last. He will be at UCLA or Washington or Colorado in three years.

  31. nicewolf64 says: Jun 9, 2010 10:31 AM

    # biggredd says: June 9, 2010 9:41 AM
    The baker said tate was drunk and had a glazed look in his eyes. There could be a twist in this story.
    —————————————————
    i heard that it was a maple look. :)

  32. Fat_Old_Sun says: Jun 9, 2010 10:46 AM

    So everyone that has that donut store around you.
    It apparently is ok for you to break in and steal donuts.
    Donut away.

  33. Sean says: Jun 9, 2010 11:04 AM

    Ugh. I’m getting the feeling it’s going to be another looooong season for the ‘Hawks.
    Stories like this and the team-financed vacation for Lendale White are piling up.
    I’m smelling double-digit losses. And crullers.

  34. stnmmc says: Jun 9, 2010 11:07 AM

    # Lucky5927 says: June 9, 2010 8:10 AM
    Hmm.. so did Tate force his way back there? chances are, the person was not in the front greeting the customers and thus not doing her job. Don’t get me wrong, I am not justifying Tate by any means. But if I was an employee of the Donut shop and I saw two drunk people come in, I would come up front and ask them to leave or serve them and watch them leave.
    ————————————–
    Clearly you enjoy making comments when you have no clue as to what happened. THE STORE WAS CLOSED. She was not supposed to take their order, she was there as a baker. They were in an establishment that was not open for business. She did the appropriate thing in alerting security.

  35. stnmmc says: Jun 9, 2010 11:11 AM

    # inmotion2207 says: June 9, 2010 7:00 AM
    Proof that this story is BS is the fact that I don’t see it on NFL Network, SI.com, or ESPN.com
    Come on man! Write something about OTA’s or something.
    ————————————-
    Yeah, it is definitely total BS. Pete Carrol only commented on it to the Seattle papers to play along with Mikey’ little game.

  36. DH says: Jun 9, 2010 11:14 AM

    UM i get the feeling there are a lot of dudes out there with nothing better to do than make stupid comments about a BS story.
    Read the seattle times not TMZ if you want to really find out what happened….
    According to the bellevue police dept: The donut shop is in the apartment tate lives in, the baker left the door unsecured/open and tate and someone else walked in and were eating a few maple bars. The police came and gave them a warning for tresspassing because they both live in that apartment and the door to the bakery was left open.
    Florio how bout you give me a job so i can report some actual facts for you and your site which clearly lacks any credible reporter.

  37. NorthDolphan says: Jun 9, 2010 11:15 AM

    Looking forward to Pete’s third and final crash in the NFL. It’s going to be a loooooooooong year for the Hawks. This ain’t USC and these aren’t college boys anymore Pete. You will have to do more than sing songs, play games, and have celebs come out to win games.

  38. realitypolice says: Jun 9, 2010 11:28 AM

    inmotion2207 says:
    June 9, 2010 7:00 AM
    Proof that this story is BS is the fact that I don’t see it on NFL Network, SI.com, or ESPN.com
    Come on man! Write something about OTA’s or something.
    =========================
    You’re walking around blind without a cane. None of these sites is a bastion of journalistic excellence. ESPN, for one, has frequently been accused of not reporting stories for any number of reasons.
    It’s not a BS story- it’s the freakin’ 911 tape!
    I hate TMZ for everything they stand for- but they have good sources for this kind of crap, and are right (see: Tiger Woods) alot more often than they are wrong.

  39. julieinduvall says: Jun 9, 2010 11:32 AM

    I am a Seahawks fan. I also live a few miles from the Top Pot in question.
    Local media reported that the back door to the cafe was left open by an employee who exited to use the restroom.
    While the story is somewhat comical, I’m unhappy that Pete Carroll treats it as a joke. It seems the Seahawks must have chiseled “character” off the list of four attributes they demand from players and staff on their mission statement.

  40. Other Bears says: Jun 9, 2010 11:43 AM

    “And Tate seemed to placed the blame on a friend for taking the donuts.”
    ———————–
    How’s that 6th grade English working out for you, Florio? “And” to start a sentence, and “seemed to placed the blame”? Really? I know we don’t need to nitpick this kind of stuff, but that’s just sad.
    And you seemed to shown evidence of the dumbing down of the country.
    Nice job, Dick

  41. robert ethen says: Jun 9, 2010 11:49 AM

    When word got out that it was a donut shop incident, backup and support officers from as far away as Spokane and Olympia made their way to Bellevue. Many came voluntarily on their time off.

  42. BuzzKillBill says: Jun 9, 2010 11:58 AM

    Really? Really? Are you all so uptight that you can’t see the humor in this? 2 kids get drunk and the BEST maple bars on the planet are being cooked downstairs in your apartment building. You go down there, the door is open, you grab and giggle and run down the hall with a couple of hot maple bars. This is just a silly prank, not a Bonnie and Clyde crime spree. I heard the 911 call and when the lady working there was asked if she was in danger, she replied “Uh, no. It’s just a couple of drunk guys acting like retards”.
    BTW, the cops thought it was funny too.

  43. DH says: Jun 9, 2010 12:23 PM

    Buzzkillbill is right on, its comical, nothing serious.
    Sign TO and trade for marshawn lynch and the seahawks will win the NFC west.

  44. JohnnyU says: Jun 9, 2010 12:40 PM

    It would be stupid to equate what Tate did to what Rothlesberger did. However the common thread is that it stems from an attitude that since they are pro football players the they are in a superior subset of society and that they are better than everyone else.
    I have news for them. They are just better at playing football than everyone else and they are generously rewarded for it. Other than that they are no better than anyone else. If I did what Tate did I would have been arrested and charged with petty larceny and would have to appear before a judge. They should too.

  45. robert ethen says: Jun 9, 2010 12:47 PM

    The 911 call was redundant in any case. By leaving the door open when they entered, the theives allowed the smell of fresh donuts to waft out onto the street, immediately waking up the entire Bellevue police detachment.

  46. TryTheVeal says: Jun 9, 2010 12:52 PM

    Maybe he was doing his Homer Simpson impersonation…..DOH

  47. vanhelsing says: Jun 9, 2010 1:22 PM

    yes, suspend him
    then he can also enjoy those donuts of a paycheck he will get…

  48. gazretired says: Jun 9, 2010 1:46 PM

    Florio, you forgot to mention that Tate is from Notre Dame. You know that each time an ND alum catches a 2-yard pass, gains 2 yards or makes a tackle it is the reporter’s or announcer’s duty to add Notre Dame to his name.

  49. txtroutslayer says: Jun 9, 2010 2:15 PM

    # xxxsixeightxxx says: June 9, 2010 6:56 AM
    Dez bryant is due for one of these isnt he?
    ******************************************
    xxxsixeightxxxx didn’t this happen to your mom?
    or was she too busy helping Andy Reid son’s get the pills out of his ass?

  50. NashvilleSeahawk says: Jun 9, 2010 2:39 PM

    As a long time Seahawk fan from Tate’s hometown I can say that I am so far unimpressed with Tate and think he should be suspended for 2 games.
    Also, I think the shop owners and/or worker probably didn’t press charges because he’s a resident of the building as much as because he’s an NFL player. Of course I may be wrong but it’s at least plausible.
    “Respect the shield.” – Goodell

  51. VoxVagina says: Jun 9, 2010 4:22 PM

    Why the f-ck did Roethlisberger even need to be mentioned in that last paragraph? How about now you start writing about Roethlisberger when an NFL player is arrested for DUI/ DWI? You know, because it involves alcohol. I think Ben is a scumbag, but putting his name into something that has no relevance to him whatsoever (aside from the fact that it involved alcohol), is really stupid Florio.

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