Another NFL player is in the news, this time for alleged sexual assault. Dallas Cowboys safety C.J. Spillman is being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault at the team’s hotel last month, according to Grapevine, Texas, police.
Police spokesman Barry Bowling said a report was filed Sept. 20 and that the matter is still under investigation. Spillman hasn’t been arrested or charged.
According to a source, Spillman, who was signed by the Cowboys on Aug. 31, has cooperated fully in the investigation.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday the league has been “looking into the matter and will continue to do so.”
Police say the incident occurred at the Gaylord Hotel on Sept. 20, the day before the Cowboys played at St. Louis. The team flew to St. Louis later that Saturday, and Spillman played against the Rams.
There was no immediate response from the Cowboys. Spillman’s agent, Ron Slavin, and attorney Bruce Ashworth declined to comment to The Associated Press.
The timing of this revelation and naming of the player involved is interesting because last week, attorney Gloria Allred alluded to an alleged sexual assault involving an NFL player without naming the player or team.
On Wednesday, Allred had sent a letter to Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive vice president and general counsel, regarding a case she is involved with; and at the moment Allred refuses to confirm or deny whether it was the Spillman case.
After Allred’s initial allegations became public, Pash asked to speak with Allred. In the letter, Allred said Pash invited her client to be interviewed by NFL investigators “on a confidential and appropriate basis.”
“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,” Allred’s letter to Pash said. “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).”
This is an ongoing investigation and new details are certain to emerge about the case in the upcoming days and weeks. It will be interesting to see how the NFL League responds given the recent punishments they have delivered for other players’ misconduct and offenses. For now Spillman will remain on the Cowboys team unless he is charged or arrested.
“I think you have to be careful with just accusations and allegations in this situation,” Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday. “When someone is officially charged or arrested for something, that’s when it becomes a different situation in our minds. For now, he’s a member of our football team and will take part in everything we do to this point.”