Assault allegations against 49ers Michael Crabtree don’t hold up

Published On January 23, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

Michael Crabtree might be headed to the Super Bowl as a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, but the NFLer certainly has a black cloud hanging over his head amidst hotel-room sexual assault allegations.

However, those allegations don’t appear to be holding up under further investigation, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

San Francisco police are investigating the complaint that Crabtree had assaulted a woman in a hotel after the Niners won a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers on Jan. 12.

According to a San Francisco law enforcement source, the woman who lodged the allegation was one of three women who joined Crabtree in a party at a room in the tony W Hotel on Third Street. The other two women who were present told investigators that Crabtree didn’t assault anyone.

The woman went to Oakland police four days after the party; investigators there promptly referred her to San Francisco police, according to multiple sources.

Crabtree was accompanied by an attorney when he spoke Friday with police. He denied any wrongdoing.

The San Francisco police chief declined to discuss the case with the media, but said that he hoped the investigation would be wrapped up within the next 10 days, which would close things off before the Super Bowl.

Crabtree has not had to speak publicly because by the time the police released the news on Friday, the 49ers were headed to Atlanta for the NFC Championship game and had placed a pregame blackout on player interviews.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.