Cowboys Spillman Investigated For Sex Assault

According to a report, a Dallas special teams player is currently under investigation for 'involvement' in a sexual-assault case. The details inside:

Per this report from the NY Daily News, Cowboys special teamer Claude "C.J." Spillman is currently under investigation for the sexual assault of a woman on September 20th. The report is that the assault took place in the team hotel, the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center.

The assault allegedly occurred the day before the team played the St. Louis Rams in Missouri, for which the team left Dallas on September 20th at 2pm local time. This indicates that the alleged assault took place the prior evening, after midnight passed between Friday and Saturday.

Spillman played in the game against the Rams on September 21st, recording one special teams tackle. He has appeared in all four games this season, and while a safety by trade, has not logged a defensive snap on the season. It appears that the club has known about the allegation since prior to that game, and has allowed Spillman to play for the past two weeks. As of now, there have been no formal charges filed by the Grapevine Police Department against Spillman.

Spillman signed with Dallas on August 31st after being released by the San Francisco 49ers. He had previously played under special teams coach Rich Bisaccia in San Diego.

From the Daily News report:

“We have a sexual assault report we are investigating at this time, and it does involve C.J. Spillman,” said Sgt. Robert Eberling, a police spokesman. "He is involved in the investigation. We are looking into the matter."...

Civil rights attorney Gloria Allred sent a letter to the commissioner on Sept. 26, a week after Goodell's uneasy news conference, saying that she represented a woman who filed a police report alleging an NFL player had raped her. The alleged perpetrator, accompanied by a team official, met with police later that day, Allred said in the letter.

"Thereafter, the accused was then allowed by his team to play the following day," the letter added. "We have asked the NFL whether or not this alleged rape was reported to them and if they approved this accused individual's playing in the game notwithstanding the allegations that had been made against him."

As of yet, neither the NFL nor the Dallas Cowboys have made a public comment about the allegations. In the recent climate and culture of the league, along with the consistent spotlight placed on the Dallas Cowboys, this incident will most likely receive plenty of attention.

In recent weeks and months, domestic violence and endangering children has been at the forefront of the sports news cycle, as the NFL has had to deal with Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson all facing their own individual charges. Cowboys HQ will have more on this as news warrants.


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