San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree will not be charged in an alleged sexual assault that took place in a hotel after the team’s playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers, according to San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon.
Gascon released the following statement on Friday:
“The San Francisco Police Department — Special Victims Unit completed and submitted a thorough investigation of the allegations against Michael Crabtree. Following a review of all the evidence, my office has determined that no charges will be filed against Michael Crabtree at this time.”
Crabtree, who was never detained or arrested, fully cooperated with the SFPD’s investigation and participated in a two hour interview with them while his attorney Joshua Bentley was present.
Bentley was unavailable for comment Friday.
A factor that may have helped Crabtree is that a second female witness corroborated his version of the incident to the police.
When the 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke was first made aware of these allegations, he made it clear that the organization takes such matters very seriously. But Baalke is satisfied with the district attorney’s decision to not pursue charges.
“Michael and the team can now put this behind us and move forward,” Baalke said in a statement.
The 49ers are moving forward to play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII after defeating the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game 28-24.
Crabtree had six receptions for 57 yards in the game, but would have had a touchdown had he not fumbled the ball on their goal line in the fourth quarter.
During the regular season, Crabtree had a career-best 1,105 yards receiving. He became the first San Francisco wide receiver to have more than 1,000 yards in a season since Terrell Owens in 2003.