In the wake of the domestic violence cases that are surrounding the NFL, Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett has addressed his players about how the club will handle any such cases after the likes of Ray Rice and Greg Hardy were charged and are awaiting trial.
He has told his players that, if charged, they will not play in any games as a Dallas Cowboy, regardless of due process.
“Part of what our jobs are as coaches is to create the right environment for our players to function both on and off the field,” Garrett said per Brandon George. “So we need to be clear about where we are. We need to be clear that we have a structure in place to help anybody who has any off-the-field issues.
“Me as a coach, position coaches, player programs, departments, we have a lot of resources here to help guys. So that was the first message, if you’re dealing with anything off the field and we can help with, we’re here for you. Having said that, there are standards that we have about all off-the-field behavior and certainly domestic violence applies to that. We’re just very clear with how we’re going to handle things.”
Garrett made the comments before revelations that safety C.J Spillman was being investigated for sexual assault came to light, so Garrett may have a chance to implement his new policy sooner than would have wished. Not that he would like to at all!
However, Spillman will still be free to play for Dallas as he has not been charged or arrested and Garrett confirmed this:
"We have been very clear with our team about what consequences there will be if there is a situation where charges or an arrest are made," Garrett said.
The incident in question occurred at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, a day before the Cowboys victory over St Louis on the 20th September:
“We have a sexual assault report we are investigating at this time, and it does involve C.J. Spillman,” Sgt. Robert Eberling, a police spokesman told the Daily News. “He is involved in the investigation. We are looking into the matter.”
Spillman is in his sixth season in the NFL and his first with the Cowboys. He went un-drafted in 2009 before signing with the Chargers. He spent the last four years with the 49ers after being waived in 2011. He's played in each of Dallas' four games so far this season.
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