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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:12 am 
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49ers release statement as Michael Crabtree travels with team
By David Fucillo on Jan 18, 9:25p
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The 49ers released a statement regarding the investigation into Michael Crabtree, as the 49ers prepare to face the Atlanta Falcons. We take a look at that and the legal progression of the situation.

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As previously posted, Michael Crabtree was recently interviewed by police following an allegation of sexual assault following the 49ers win over the Green Bay Packers. In light of this news, 49ers GM Trent Baalke released a statement concerning the situation:

"We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities. 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."

It has been confirmed by beat writers that Michael Crabtree is with the team in Atlanta and is expected to play on Sunday against the Falcons. San Francisco police interviewed Crabtree with his lawyer present at some point in the last week, and Crabtree has agreed to make himself available for possible further interviews.

In the meantime, the police will continue their investigation into the situation. The San Francisco Police Department's Special Victims' Unit is investigating the allegations and will compile whatever they see fit to potentially present to the District Attorney's office. The police do not have to necessarily present the case to the DA if they do not see enough to proceed. However, if they do turn the results of their investigation over to the DA's office, that office will then review it to determine if they should press charges against any parties.

While there is plenty to discuss, without further information, it really is best to avoid speculating what may or may not have happened and who may or may not be at fault. We know Crabtree spoke with the police, but was not detained or arrested, and is connected to a sexual assault investigation. Sexual assault is a general term that covers a variety of crimes up to and including rape. There were some questions about what it encompassed. In California, all rapes are sexual assaults, but not all sexual assaults are rapes.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:43 am 
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Crabtree not seen with 49ers at hotel in Atlanta

Posted by Mike Florio on January 18, 2013, 11:40 PM EST

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As the 49ers prepare for their second straight NFC title game, they’re dealing with an unexpected and unwelcome distraction.

MDS pointed out earlier tonight that receiver Michael Crabtree is being investigated for sexual assault. Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group reports that Crabtree was not seen with the team as it arrived at its hotel in Atlanta.Crabtree has yet to be arrested or charged, but the allegations are troubling and they provide yet another challenge for coach Jim Harbaugh.

If Crabtree did what he could end up being formally accused of doing, Crabtree will be facing a problem with Harbaugh. “He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women,” safety Donte Whitner said last year. “If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book. So other than putting your hands on women, you can do anything and come talk to him, and it’s true.”

Crabtree has emerged as the team’s top receiver in 2012. Though the 49ers have plenty of other effective pass-catchers, they need Crabtree to be effective and focused for the team’s biggest game of the season.

The incident allegedly occurred in the hours after the 49ers beat the Packers in the NFC divisional playoffs.

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Just like Eugene Robinson before the Super Bowl... At least Crabtree didn't just win an award for being an upstanding citizen.

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