Cowboys will wait for charges before deciding on C.J. Spillman


Cowboys coach Jason Garrett made it clear yesterday that any player charged with domestic violence wouldn’t play for his team.

But since defensive back C.J. Spillman hasn’t been charged with anything yet in conjunction with a sexual assault investigation, he’ll play on.

Garrett said Thursday that until there’s a charge or an arrest, Spillman’s status wouldn’t change.

I think you have to be careful with just accusations and allegations in this situation,” Garrett said, via Todd Archer of “When someone is officially charged or arrested for something, that’s when it becomes a different situation in our minds. For now, he’s a member of our football team and will take part in everything we do to this point.”

Spillman is still being investigated, and has cooperated with police. The alleged incident occurred prior to their game against the Rams, and he played that game.

“I think that’s the definition of due process,” Garrett said. “There has to be a charge or an arrest made, and then due process begins. We’re certainly not at that point in this situation.”

That puts them back in line with the 49ers definition of due process as it pertains to Ray McDonald, who is also being investigated and continues to play.

18 responses to “Cowboys will wait for charges before deciding on C.J. Spillman

  1. No charges, no punishment. It makes sense. You can’t just shelve every player that is accused of a crime. Once the police do their investigation and determine if the allegations are supported by evidence, then you do something with the players. It would really be a shame if an innocent man was punished.

  2. Given that Gloria Allred is the lawyer representing the alleged victim, the Cowboys are making the right decision. She has about the same credibility as Deion Sanders and Warren Sapp: close to zero.

  3. seems reasonable….cant go suspending or punishing players for accusations. there have been many false allegations to players before.

  4. I think it’s the proper way for them to proceed. I’m as down on rape as anyone else, but he hasn’t been convicted, or even arrested. Plus, Brian Banks was convicted and spent over five years in prison and HE WAS INNOCENT!

    Determining guilt merely by accusation is wrong.

  5. PFT should post an article about what due process means to them if you want to judge others for their adherence to due process. I’m actually interested to hear what your thoughts are on that, seriously.

  6. This is ridiculous. Garret is being asked questions about this. He has to spend time talking about this. The team doesn’t want or need this kind of publicity.
    I would cut him right now and not deal with any of this. I don’t care that he hasn’t been charged. There are plenty of people that can go a lifetime and not be accused of anything. Those are the kind of people that you want on your team. Not these shady characters who get involved with shady women who accuse them of stuff.

  7. Communication is key, get on the same page with all the facts and understand the perspective of all parties’ sides, and then act accordingly. But don’t jump to conclusions if you don’t understand what is going on, then you might be treating somebody unfairly.

  8. I generally agree with teams not reacting too soon to accusations that a player is denying and which haven’t yet met the threshold of an arrest warrant.

    Problem is a lot of states also seem to have laws where on domestic dispute calls, police may not have much leeway in being required to make warrantless arrests based on just an accusation. Those laws exist for practical “better safe than sorry” reasons.

    But it makes for a blurrier line for when a team takes action based on someone being “charged or arrested or something”.

  9. Allegations and charges are two entirely different things. Anyone can allege that something took place, but after an investigation determines that there is merit to the allegations and a person is actually arrested or charged, I see no reason to react in any other way than what the Cowboys are doing.

  10. When Gloria Allred shows up, it might as well be Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. You know a shakedown is about to happen. One should first ask, why is a “victim” hiring a big shot attorney? A victim does not need an attorney as the states attorney is the one that files charges and prosecutes. The hiring of an attorney would only come for a civil trial, which would only be after a criminal trial, or for a shakedown. Next, one should ask, did the “victim” hire the attorney before or after the charges? Think of the Duke Lacrosse team several years ago, several players accused of rape. That was a shakedown and false. The woman was arrested for making false statements and lawsuits against her were pending.

  11. What? Have they learned nothing? They need to rush to judgment, suspend him, and if it turns out later he is innocent, then too bad for him. It’s not like America cares about due process or individual right’s or anything that gets in the way of an agenda.

  12. If teams were in the habit of suspending players for simply being accused of something, what would keep someone from accusing a player just to have their season ruined? One could pay a girl to just accuse a player of rape, and viola, that player is benched until his name is “clear”. Slippery slippery slope.

  13. Gloria Allred is about as creepy as attorneys get. I’ve lost track of how many press conferences she has held with an alleged victim and nothing comes of it…..

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