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Crabtree’s lawyer expresses “confidence” in process


Rarely if ever (but for Al Pacino in And Justice For All) does a lawyer proclaim to the world that his client is guilty.  So it is with that grain of salted truth that we should regard any and all comments ever made by a lawyer about his client.

Including the statement from the lawyer representing 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree, who is accused of sexual assault.

“On Friday, January 18, 2013, Michael Crabtree voluntarily met with the San Francisco Police Department and provided a statement,” Joshua M. Bentley said, via  “Michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout the investigation.  We have confidence in the process.  Out of respect and integrity for the process, we have no further comment at this time.”

The incident allegedly occurred in a San Francisco hotel after the 49ers beat the Packers in the playoffs last Saturday.  The findings of the Special Victims Unit eventually will be presented to the District Attorney.

Crabtree currently faces no formal charges, and he has not been arrested.

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37 Responses to “Crabtree’s lawyer expresses “confidence” in process”
  1. kd75 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:01 PM

    Star athlete accused of sexual assault. But there is more than meets the eye with Benson a Stabler on the case. On the next Special Victim Unit.

  2. fuaholes says: Jan 19, 2013 5:04 PM


  3. djcrabby8 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:06 PM

    If Pacino agrees to represent Crabtree in court, can we please make this the top story and stop talking about catfish teo?

  4. claymatthewshairplugs says: Jan 19, 2013 5:07 PM

    Crabtree needs to call Ben and ask who his lawyers were.

  5. cmich2006 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    Star athlete plays… scrub gets cut

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    Crabtree is an embarrassment to humanity.

  7. Stiller43 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:19 PM

    Remember Crabtree, just being accused, with no charges or arrests, has brought 6 game suspensions in the past. Tread lightly.

  8. heeeeelzfan says: Jan 19, 2013 5:20 PM

    “As long as he plays this weekend”aka “the process,” right? Just making sure we have our priorities in order.

  9. 49ersandshivabowl says: Jan 19, 2013 5:21 PM

    Crabtree is gonna play angry tomorrow and show the whole world who is truly an elite WR in that dome tomorrow.

    Tomorrow will be Notre Dame meeting Alabama all over again. Rise Up! Then sit down!


  10. jikkle49 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:26 PM

    Too early to tell one way or another until we get more info. We’ve seen this go from all but did ala Big Ben to complete nonsense ala Duke Lacrosse.

    So I recommend holding off judgement on the accuser and the accused.

  11. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    and we all thought, What the heck? When Oakland didn’t draft him.

  12. lanman11 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:37 PM

    Does he get to play? What an embarrassment it will be for the team and the NFL if he plays in the Championship game and possibly the Super Bowl, and we find out it’s a legit charge. I imagine the 49er’s will have some inkling as to whether this is a legit charge, so if they play him, because they can, only to have it surface later that they knew he was guilty, will be a PR nightmare. The only thing worse would be if they made the Super Bowl and he played lights out, and was the MVP of the NFL’s premier game, on a global stage, and he did it all after having had assaulted someone sexually (male or female). Yikes!!!

  13. joetoronto says: Jan 19, 2013 5:42 PM

    When you knowingly draft a turd, don’t be surprised when he acts like a turd.

  14. jea1117 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:47 PM

    so far he’s only been questioned by the police and went to them. we don’t know if he did anything wrong so why are you calling him scum? Unless more details come out, this isn’t a story.

  15. lurch61 says: Jan 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    You guys sure like to make judgement as to character before facts are all in don’t you? He is being questioned…he was not charged or arrested. If Ben R. isn’t in jail I see no reason to crucify Crabtree before he is even charged!

  16. lanman11 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:01 PM

    I believe the book on this guy was that he was a head case and trouble waiting to happen. Many will say that this is a money grab by some football groupie, but why Crabtree? Coincidence? Me thinks not…..

  17. hgl4969 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:02 PM

    Not a Crabtree or 49ers fan but isn’t the cornerstone of our justice system innocent until proven guilty? These men are targets for lawsuits. Let’s allow Michael due process.

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Jan 19, 2013 6:34 PM

    You know what you guys are all right. We do have the perfect justice system. Ask Ray Lewis and O.J. Simpson.

  19. antneejay2 says: Jan 19, 2013 6:52 PM

    “And Justice for All” – excellent movie.

  20. lanman11 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:05 PM

    Justice….is for the poor.

  21. abninf says: Jan 19, 2013 7:19 PM

    He found out the lady he met in San Francisco was really a dude. You may delete as usual now.

  22. finfan49 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:35 PM

    Crabtree AND HIS lawyer met with SFPD

  23. thegreatsantini56 says: Jan 19, 2013 7:56 PM

    If by process the “legal-eagle” is referring to payola, I totally agree. Just wet there beak a bit.

  24. iseek11 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:22 PM

    Notice he says “trust the process” not ” the truth will come out” or ” justice will be served”.

  25. ripster65 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:28 PM

    Harbaughs v everybody…R. Lewis…Kaep…anything…

  26. thegreatsantini56 says: Jan 19, 2013 8:36 PM

    Er, should have been “their”. Take note Darrin.

  27. rap49er says: Jan 19, 2013 8:39 PM

    How strong could the case against him be if the SF police allows hi to leave the state? Not very!!!

  28. kingpel says: Jan 19, 2013 9:07 PM

    I dont like the Niners or Crabtree, but I am pretty sure the only thing he is guilty of is being stupid.

    How many times are these guys gonna let these gold diggers play them?

  29. marniblitz says: Jan 19, 2013 9:11 PM

    I shall not rush to judgement regarding any possible criminal proceedings, but I feel very confident pronouncing Crabtree guilty of complete idiocy.

  30. discosucs2005 says: Jan 19, 2013 9:27 PM

    “You know what you guys are all right. We do have the perfect justice system. Ask Ray Lewis and O.J. Simpson.”

    While I’m sure we agree that no guilty person should walk free, we do live in a system that believes a 1000 guilty men should go free before 1 innocent man be convicted.

  31. pinion8ted says: Jan 19, 2013 9:33 PM

    Crabtree should try the Manti Te’o “My girlfriend is fake” defense.

  32. 49erscott says: Jan 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    If there was any evidence at all he would of been charged. Probably had drunk sex with someone and bounced and now its a money grab. They do a rape kit immediately after an assault. If he did it he wouldnt have cooperated.

  33. tramonisland says: Jan 19, 2013 10:20 PM

    Dom Capers is to blame.

  34. rodell77 says: Jan 19, 2013 10:42 PM

    This is a nonstarter. He would be in jail if SPD had a case…….

  35. judsonjr says: Jan 19, 2013 11:43 PM

    He will probably use the Jerry Rice, “it was just a deep tissue massage” defense.

  36. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 20, 2013 1:41 AM

    And justice for all … Also a great Metallica record.

  37. jt2892 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:38 AM

    I like the Roethlisberger fan who said “Crabtree is an embarrassment to humanity.” Haahaaahaaaaaa!

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