Dallas Cowboys player accused of sexual assault at team hotel
A Dallas Cowboys player is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the team’s hotel last month, ESPN reported on Wednesday.
The sports network identified the player as defensive back C.J. Spillman, but Grapevine Police Department spokesman Barry Bowling said he hadn’t been charged or arrested. ESPN did not provide details of the alleged Sept. 20 incident.
The suspected assault occurred at the Gaylord Hotel a day before the team played the St. Louis Rams, ESPN reported.
Calls and emails to law enforcement and National Football League representatives were not immediately returned.
The incident comes to light just a month after TMZ.com published a video from inside a New Jersey casino elevator showing former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice punching his now-wife Janay Palmer.
NFL Commissioner Roger Godell initially gave Rice a two-game suspension over the domestic violence incident, then indefinitely suspended the three-time Pro Bowler following the release of the video.
The league’s uneven response has raised questions about the credibility and integrity of the NFL and Goodell, one of the most powerful figures in sports.
A former exotic dancer sued Cowboys owner Jerry Jones last month for harassment, claiming he sexually assaulted her five years ago.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Nick Macfie)