Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is currently being investigated over an alleged sexual assault incident at the team's hotel on September 20th.
More egregious headlines continue to pour out of the NFL as an investigation has begun into the sexual assault case involving Spillman according Grapevine, Texas police. The safety hasn't currently been charged or arrested however.
Spillman who signed with the Cowboys on August 31st after last playing for the San Francisco 49ers has been in full cooperation with the police, Barry Bowling a police spokesman stated that the report was filed Sept. 20 and the matter is still under investigation.
There has been no official response from the Cowboys organisation as of yet, Police say the incident occurred at the Gaylord Hotel on Sept. 20, the day before the Cowboys played at St. Louis.
Earlier reports initially suggested that it was more than one Cowboys player involved but later it was confirmed that it was just an incident involving Spillman, much like many players of the Dallas roster, Spillman would stay at the Gaylord hotel complex until they were able to find apartments.
Conversation with the league
Attorney Gloria Allred sent a letter on Wednesday to the NFL's executive vice president in reference to the alleged sexual assault incident, in the letter it stated their was an invitation to the victim to be interviewed by NFL investigators "on a confidential and appropriate basis."
Alfred's letter raised issue with the type of interviewing process that would stem from the leagues officials, it explained:
"The fact that you chose to make public your requests to interview our client confidentially causes us concern about whether the interview itself would be kept confidential or tweeted out by you as you did with your letter to me, However, I am willing to meet with you to discuss your request and also to learn the answers to our important questions posed in my original letter to you (which was not shared with the press)."
Head Coach's input
With all the news surrounding misconduct in the NFL regarding domestic violence, head coach of the Cowboys Jason Garrett had held a meeting with his players to discuss off the field topics, much like the situation Spillman has found himself in.
Garret said: "Again, 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, 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."
He continued: "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 is 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."
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