On Friday evening, less than 40 hours prior to the start of the NFC Championship Game in Atlanta, it was reported that star San Francisco 49ers' wide receiver Michael Crabtree is being investigated, and was questioned for, a possible sexual assault on a female in San Francisco following the 49ers win last Saturday against the Green Bay Packers.
New reports came out today that indicated Crabtree, who wasn't detained, made the trip to Atlanta and will start against the Falcons on Sunday.
San Francisco general manager Trent Baalke released a statement late last night.
“We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities....The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing. Additional requests for comment should be directed to Michael’s attorney.”
In addition, Crabtree'e lawyer made what accounts to a no comment statement earlier today.......
“On Friday, January 18, 2013, Michael Crabtree voluntarily met with the San Francisco Police Department and provided a statement.... Michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout the investigation. We have confidence in the process. Out of respect and integrity for the process, we have no further comment at this time.”
It is important to note that Crabtree wasn't detained, charged or arrested and was allowed to cross state lines when San Francisco flew to Georgia Friday night. The 49ers, who obviously take the matter seriously, will back Crabtree until more information comes out.
Remember, being questioned in connection to a sexual assault is much different than being arrested. It's important to take a step back and understand that this alleged assault impacts the lives of individuals outside of the game of football.
eDraft will continue to respect the process and report more information as it comes out.