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Tuesday, January 17, 2006 - Page updated at 12:16 AM

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Seahawks

Hawks Locklear arrested

Seattle Times staff reporter

KIRKLAND -Seahawks tackle Sean Locklear, 24, was arrested early Sunday morning on a domestic violence charge, and remained in King County Jail on Monday.

According to a Seattle Police report, Locklear and a woman described as his girlfriend were shouting at each other on the sidewalk outside Belltown Billiards on Blanchard Street when witnesses called police around 1:20 a.m. Sunday.

The woman told police that she and Locklear had been inside Belltown Billiards with friends when Locklear became angry after seeing her dancing with another man, the report said.

Locklear allegedly confronted her before the two stepped outside.

Officers who responded to the incident reported seeing redness on the woman's neck and chest, but the woman declined medical attention and insisted Locklear had done nothing wrong.

Three witnesses told police they saw Locklear grab the woman around the neck twice as the couple argued outside the bar, before police arrived and separated them.

Locklear must see a judge for a bail hearing before he can be released, and since Monday was a holiday, no judge could hear the case until Tuesday. A bail hearing is expected Tuesday and the team said it expects Locklear back for practice on Wednesday.

He has retained the Bellevue law firm of Fox Bowman Duarte to answer to the charge.

"At this point the firm is investigating the case and there will be no comment until the investigation is complete," attorney Jon Scott Fox said in a prepared statement released Monday afternoon. "Mr. Locklear has been cooperating fully with this investigation and throughout this case remains entitled to the presumption of innocence afforded to all citizens."

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Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said he isn't worried that the situation will become a distraction for the team just five days from playing for the right to go to the Super Bowl.

"From what I know about it so far, it should not be," Holmgren said.

Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he didn't know much about the situation but was aware of it.

"It's really unfortunate, but this team has pulled together all year long, and I would expect us to do the same," Hasselbeck said. "Coach Holmgren is always talking to us about the importance of good decisions on and off the football field. You've got a lot of guys in that locker room, and I'd say that 99 percent of the time we all listen, and then sometimes you've got to learn the hard way."

Locklear is in his second year out of North Carolina State. He started all 16 regular season games and Saturday's playoff game, and appeared in all 16 games as a rookie in 2004.

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