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.

49 responses to “49ers issue perfunctory non-statement statement on Crabtree

  1. “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!

  2. 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.

  3. @paul

    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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

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

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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