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.