Seattle Seahawks running back Fred Jackson crashed his car after practice Tuesday night. TMZ originally reported he was street racing with teammate Marshawn Lynch, but that story has not been confirmed.
Here’s everything you need to know about the situation.
1. Jackson Crashed Into a Stop Sign
According to the TMZ report, Jackson, who was driving a black Corvette, somehow lost control, hitting a large planter box and a stop sign. Several players and staff stopped to help him get out of the car, and he was eventually taken back to the team facility.
FOX Sports’ Mike Garafolo and the Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta both report his injury is not serious:
2. Clif Avril Calls the Report ‘a Lie’
Per the TMZ report, Lynch was racing Jackson in a red Dodge Charger but was able to drive away from the scene, uninjured. However, while Jackson crashing his car has been confirmed by multiple sources, most are saying that he wasn’t racing and Lynch wasn’t involved.
Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril calls the story a lie:
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora also calls TMZ’s report false:
And most importantly, the police agree:
3. The Accident Happened Outside the Seahawks’ Practice Facility
The accident happened as Jackson was leaving practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The Seattle Times’ Bob Condotta spotted a street sign that was knocked down during:
The VMAC parking turns right onto Seahawks Way, which is a two-lane road. Sports Radio KJR’s Curtis Crabtree noted more details about the location:
4. There Was Drag-Racing Controversy When Jackson Was With the Buffalo Bills
In 2014, Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Marcell Dareus was charged with drag-racing.
It was thought to be a problem throughout the team, as Aaron Williams also posted an Instagram video of a car spinning out along with the caption, “Fred Jackson challenged my bro Michael Griffin for slips. Will he accept it…?”
Jackson and Jerry Hughes proceeded to talk about racing in the comments.
5. Lynch & Jackson Were Teammates in Buffalo
Although Jackson just signed with the Seahawks this season, his relationship with Lynch goes back several years. The pair of running backs started their careers in Buffalo in 2007, playing together until 2010 when Lynch was traded to Seattle.
Lynch was thought to be a big influence in Jackson making his way to the Seahawks.