San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree was interviewed by police on Friday night about allegations he sexually assaulted a woman after the teams win over the Green Bay Packers. It has been reported he was cooperative and agreed to be available for future interviews. Crabtree traveled with the team to Atlanta and he is expected to play on Sunday.
Crabtree was not arrested or detained, but this is not the kind of attention the team needs heading into NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons. The news will be a distraction as Crabtree will undoubtedly have to answer questions about the incident, especially if the 49ers advance to the Super Bowl and all its media attention. But I doubt this will have any affect on Crabtree’s play on the field and he will still put up big numbers against the Falcons.
A big part of Colin Kaepernick’s success has been due in part to Crabtree and the chemistry they have developed. Last week against the Packers he had nine receptions, 119 yards and two touchdowns.
49ers general manager Trent Baalke released a statement saying,
The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing.