One of the more interesting and humorous stories of the offseason was Seahawks second round pick Golden Tate’s run-in with Bellevue, WA authorities at Top Pot Doughnuts earlier this offseason. Tate was issued a stern warning for trespassing after he snuck into the shop after hours. The shop is located on the ground level of the building in which Tate lives; around 3:00 a.m., Tate and a buddy slipped through a back door that residents can access (the employee was cleaning up and leaves the back door open).
Tate was apologetic afterwards but also offered up a very honest excuse: he was craving the maple bars.
"When I got here, that was one of the first things I had," Tate said. "They're irresistible. It was a foolish mistake that won't happen again, but if you ever want some maple bars, that's the place to go."
The Seahawks already have a partnership with Top Pot, selling the doughnuts at Qwest Field.
Coach Pete Carroll echoed the sentiments.
"No, I'm not disappointed at a guy being at a doughnut shop at 3 in the morning when they got maple bars like Top Pot has," Carroll said.
"However, under the circumstances, I think they were closed or something like that, trying to close, or whatever," the coach said. "That's definitely wrong. We've talked about it, addressed it. He's remorseful and all that. I do understand the lure of the maple bars."
Now, Top Pot Doughnuts is capitalizing on the publicity. According to the Seattle Post Intelligence, the company is releasing a new ad campaign: “Irresistible….but please wait utill we’re open.”
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