Locklear’s attorney, Bellevue’s John Scott Fox, said that the decision to resolve the issue without a trial was his client’s. “Although I felt that Sean's case should be heard by a jury, Sean did not want to put his girlfriend through a public trial, and he was also concerned that the trial would be a distraction to his team on the eve of camp.”, Fox said in a statement released yesterday
The case had been scheduled for jury selection this week, as first reported by Mike Sando of the Tacoma News Tribune.
The assault charge stemmed from an incident which allegedly occurred on the morning of Sunday, January 14. Three witnesses at a Seattle bar claimed to see Locklear wrap both hands around his girlfriend's neck.
Locklear claims he grabbed her shirt, not neck. Although the girlfriend pleaded with police that he did nothing wrong, due to the witness testimony an arrest was mandatory.
Due to the courts being closed to observe the Martin Luther King holiday on Monday, Locklear was unable to be released from King County Jail until Tuesday, when he was released without bail.
At that hearing, Judge Edsonya Charles ordered Locklear to have no contact with his girlfriend. Locklear’s charge, which is a gross misdemeanor, had a potential penalty of up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Locklear retained the law firm Fox Bowman Duarte of Bellevue at that time.
After the charges were filed, Locklear played in both the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl XL as Seattle’s starting right tackle. He is regarded as one of the NFL’s top young linemen.
Seattle’s training camp begins on Thursday, July 27, though veterans are required to report on the 28th.