The San Francisco Police Department has talked to 49ers WR Michael Crabtree about allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman after the team's victory last Saturday, according to a report by SF Gate.
49ers General Manager Trent Baalke released the following statement on the incident:
"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.”
The attack allegedly happened at a hotel on Jan. 13, hours after the team's win over the Green Bay Packers at Candlestick Park. The victim did not tell the police until a few days later.
The incident is being looked by the Special Victims Unit, whose detectives have interviewed Crabtree with his lawyer. Crabtree agreed to make himself open to more interviews and information on this alleged assault. There are currently no timeline details for this incident.
Last year, head coach Jim Harbaugh told his players that it is wrong to abuse women. Donte Whitner said he has a no tolerance policy on this, according to what Harbaugh told the team in a meeting. Based on Harbaugh's policy, Crabtree is in major trouble if the alleged assault is true.
"He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women," said Whitner. "If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book. So other than putting your hands on women, you can do anything and come talk to him, and it’s true."
The fourth-year receiver had 119 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Green Bay Packers last Saturday. He is the team's leading receiver with 1,224 receiving yards in the regular season and playoffs combined.
Crabtree made the trip to Atlanta with the team as they arrived on Friday evening. He will be expected to play on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship game. If he is suspended in the near future, the 49ers will have Ted Ginn Jr, Randy Moss, and A.J. Jenkins as the only wide receivers on the team.