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49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree


The 49ers have acknowledged the allegation of sexual assault against receiver Michael Crabtree via the issuance of a standard, perfunctory statement that really doesn’t state anything.

“We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities,” General Manager Trent Baalke said.  “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.”

There is no indication that the 49ers are considering benching Crabtree for all or part of the NFC title game or otherwise disciplining him at the present time.  If anything, the statement suggests that the 49ers will allow the legal process to play itself out before doing anything.

And that’s entirely the 49ers’ prerogative.  Crabtree is entitled to the presumption of innocence.  That said, if the 49ers or the NFL discover via their own investigation that the allegation has merit, discipline could be imposed by the league office under the personal-conduct policy — even without an arrest or formal charges.

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49 Responses to “49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree”
  1. thesmartest1 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:48 PM

    Gotta be tough on a team when these idiots f it up for everyone.

  2. jwayne111 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:58 PM

    As an Atlanta resident, we sure know how these circumstances can aafect a locker-room at game time. Re: 99 SB

  3. paulitik74 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:59 PM

    If he plays then Harbaugh is a hypocrite.

    So much for zero tolerance to putting hands on women.

  4. jplantz says: Jan 19, 2013 12:02 AM

    “We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities,” General Manager Trent Baalke said.

    Perrish Cox found his new roommate on road trips!

  5. vienners says: Jan 19, 2013 12:05 AM

    Mr. Florio,

    What do you expect them to say at this point of time?

  6. braceyourselffor12 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:09 AM

    Free Crabtree!!!!!

  7. alphabeta49er says: Jan 19, 2013 12:11 AM

    I used to knee-jerk think guilty in all of these cases. But after Brian Banks, Pablo Sandoval, and basically thousands of other cases, you just never know. But if he’s guilty lock him up.

  8. tonyugoh says: Jan 19, 2013 12:18 AM

    Wasn’t there some kind of similar allegations against Randy Moss before Super Bowl 42?

  9. golforepar says: Jan 19, 2013 12:24 AM

    Great team player! Huge distraction!!

  10. aaroncurryisbust says: Jan 19, 2013 12:28 AM

    Haha and you stupid 69ers fans flooded this place with tears about Richard Sherman’s alleged adderall use. Meanwhile, you have a violent serial rapist on your team.

  11. willbow5253 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:33 AM


    Shouldn’t we maybe wait until he’s found guilty first? If he raped a woman, I think he deserves worse than being benched. But haven’t we seen enough cases of false accusations to be fairly wary here? Regardless of what happened, Crabtree’s life will never be the same. Sad sad day.

  12. savilo831 says: Jan 19, 2013 12:58 AM

    Just another snake trying to get a free ride in these tough times! Bet she’ll settle out of court for a few mil. Crabtree did make a mistake tho! Bad timing man!

  13. delusionalcardsfan says: Jan 19, 2013 1:04 AM

    Cochino boy!

  14. Duckhomie says: Jan 19, 2013 1:21 AM

    Same people, different names.

  15. redwoodking says: Jan 19, 2013 1:27 AM

    Let the facts come out. No arrest made after a week an full cooperation tells me he is innocent. This will be another test of how Harbaugh can focus his team under difficult circumstances.

  16. baymac408 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:41 AM

    This is a big scandal guaranteed!! Bunch of haters!! Real talk you know it’s a set up!! Someone is tryna or already did get paid.. GO NINERS

  17. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 19, 2013 1:43 AM

    Come 9ers don’t mess this up I need you to beat the sorry birds.


  18. daknight93 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:50 AM

    Huge Distraction to the team..Yes, he’s innocent until proven guilty…talk about bad timing for NFC Title on the line..I’m hoping he plays Sunday..too much at stake for him not to play…this allegation gets resolved asap

  19. bnwpnw says: Jan 19, 2013 2:10 AM

    Traded to Steelers in 5… 4… 3… 2….

  20. rodell77 says: Jan 19, 2013 2:39 AM

    This is going no where. If they had something he would be in jail. His rep is shot though.

  21. philipmiller111 says: Jan 19, 2013 4:16 AM

    Why is anyone surprised about this clown of a sports player? He was always self centered and a big show-off.

  22. themackstrong says: Jan 19, 2013 5:09 AM

    What a shame…Talented, but you got to be truly messed up to do what Crabtree is accused of doing. Love to see how 49er fans back this one up..

  23. raybguilty says: Jan 19, 2013 5:54 AM

    Looks like Atlanta sent the honey trap to the wrong room. And I’m not referring to Alex Smith.

  24. srgpsycho says: Jan 19, 2013 5:59 AM

    I love people. Judgement prior to the facts being exposed. I’ve seen this act before. Not saying Crab’s innocent but I’m sure as hell not taking him to the electric chair until the facts surface. Reality is many women want a free ticket to cash & say about anything they want for it. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty? He’s talking to the authorities so he’s doing his part to rectify the issue. Crab’s(most likely) will have to spend some cash just to alleviate this issue. It’s one thing to pay for some mistake you made but just to walk around the corner where no one sees you then make a claim? Reminds me of Horrible Bosses when the dude took a leak at the school yard then was arrested & became a sex offender for this act. I’ve seen this action time & time again. It’s getting to the point where athletes have to have a person filming their actions even when taking a dump. Hopefully he didn’t cross the line but lets see the evidence first prior to prosecution!!!

  25. eatlessveggies says: Jan 19, 2013 6:51 AM

    if u look at her the wrong way she’ll scream harassment.

  26. kanyon187 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:05 AM

    Let the guy do his job until law enforcement makes a move. Any sort of discipline this early from the NFL or the 49ers is extremely premature. Anyone can make an allegation. Lets see what comes of it before we start benching people.

  27. jssgriffi says: Jan 19, 2013 8:38 AM

    Can somebody explain to me why these athletes can’t just respect others and understand that they are very lucky to be doing what they are doing. Making the money they make and acting the way they act is a down right shame. Yeah, America has a bunch of millionaires, if say 75% of them are dumb ignorant athletes who have had things handed to them for being great at sports. You would also think if some of these rich ignorant pricks had a rough child hood that they would be greatful for what they have now. The nfl is filled with a bunch of hood rats that in my opinion shouldn’t be aloud to play because of there actions.

  28. hadjiali says: Jan 19, 2013 8:57 AM

    Sad, but they don’t really need him anyway. Vernon’s been under-worked all year.

  29. goldrush36 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:19 AM

    Sherman got off on a technicality idiot. Not because he was innocent. Athletes are accused of sexual assault all the time and 99% of the time they are bogus in an attempt to squeeze money. If Crabtree is guilty evidence will show so. As of yet we are a week after the fact with no arrest or charges which really makes it look like an attempt to squeeze money or cause the team a distraction.

  30. gorilladunk says: Jan 19, 2013 9:30 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, I remember the exact same scenario before the ’96 playoff game against Carolina involving Eric Williams and Michael Irvin. the story, weeks later, proved to be completely false. Damage done.

  31. Steeley McBeam says: Jan 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    The same people saying we should wait to hear the facts are the same people who crucified Ben Roethlisberger from day 1.

    Allegations mean nothing.

  32. tooz72 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:56 AM

    Guilty as charged

  33. legeisyaj says: Jan 19, 2013 10:06 AM

    No way to assume guilt at this point, but the guy has proven a few times that he lacks even a tiny bit of good judgement. This is the biggest week of his professional life (not to mention his teammates and his employers) and this happens? Unacceptable.

  34. bucrightoff says: Jan 19, 2013 10:07 AM

    Kaepernick is gonna rush for 300+ yards now, book it.

  35. lkenney1285 says: Jan 19, 2013 10:17 AM

    Trained at the ” Kenny Britt” school of Etiquette.

  36. lolo376 says: Jan 19, 2013 10:24 AM

    You’re an idiot if you think they will bench their best receiver! He’ll won’t miss a single game no matter how far they go.

  37. jwreck says: Jan 19, 2013 10:26 AM

    paulitik74 says: Jan 18, 2013 11:59 PM

    If he plays then Harbaugh is a hypocrite.

    So much for zero tolerance to putting hands on women.
    Pretty sure Harbaugh already blew his chance at not being a hypocrite when he brought in Perrish Cox, the biggest scumbag the NFL had to offer.

  38. fuglyflorio says: Jan 19, 2013 10:40 AM

    Zero tolerance, but not till the season is over. Till then … no problemo.

  39. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 19, 2013 10:43 AM

    supposedly it happened last week. but hes not in jail. hes not in jail because it didn’t happen. i hope that girl goes to jail.

  40. redandgoldhitman52 says: Jan 19, 2013 11:13 AM

    a broke girl who thinks she can scam money out of crabtree because she has a cat in her pants. not gonna happen. get a job!

  41. lionsdraftguy says: Jan 19, 2013 11:28 AM

    Classless 49ers! What else is new.

    Put him behind bars, along with their bigmouth coach.

  42. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 19, 2013 11:53 AM

    Or maybe the team is waiting to let the police investigation play out because lets face it if everyone who said they were sexually assaulted by a player were telling the truth teams would be making it rain pink slips. The fact that he wasn’t arrested and is fully cooperating will def make someone believe he is telling the truth. But if he did it his time as a 9er will be short.

  43. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 19, 2013 11:55 AM

    As for Cox he was found not guilty in a court of law. If he were guilty he wouldn’t be on the team now. Then again he’d also be in prison too.

  44. CKL says: Jan 19, 2013 12:05 PM

    tonyugoh says:
    Jan 19, 2013 12:18 AM
    Wasn’t there some kind of similar allegations against Randy Moss before Super Bowl 42?
    Yes and nothing ever came of it. Think it was just prior to their playing Jax in the playoffs. Who knows the true story?

    I’m a woman and I get that they don’t want to discourage women from reporting real assaults but I think there should be serious consequences for women who knowingly falsely accuse another person of assault so they can make a money grab.

  45. gizzmonic says: Jan 19, 2013 1:08 PM

    suspend the entire team for sundays game.

    Matt Ryan

  46. allday38 says: Jan 19, 2013 1:49 PM

    1st Sherman wasn’t found guilty or he’d be suspended. 2nd, Cox got the lady in question pregnant the night of the roofie assault, that is proof enough for me. As for Crabtree, time will tell. Sometimes it’s women out for money, sometimes it an aggressive man who thinks because he is famous, nobody can tell him no.

  47. dirtyjersey9er says: Jan 19, 2013 3:22 PM

    Also in my earlier post about Cox I meant if he were found guilty not if he were guilty.

  48. themackstrong says: Jan 19, 2013 4:52 PM

    Hanging out with Cox too much. 49ers have two sexual deviants on their team and counting. Pretty sad.

  49. sixjak says: Jan 26, 2013 7:30 PM

    Well I guess you have another stupid story about a bimbo who turned out to be a cry wolf gold digger.

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