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 ESPNDallas.com. “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.