Now we see what kind of teeth the new NFL rules will have pertaining to lawbreaking players.
Lisa Friel, the New York Sex Crimes prosecutor, hired by the NFL away from the New York Police Department, has begun her lst investigation into a rape and domestic abuse case against a still active player.
CJ Spillman, now with the Cowboys, then with the 49ers, and a former Charger, is being sued for sexual assault, by a massage therapist, who worked with NFL players. Friel spent 5-hours on Tuesday with the alleged victim in San Francisco, gathering information in the case, which was never followed up by police. She said Spillman raped her right after a training session while he played for the Niners.
Friel is now headed to Dallas, where a second woman has surfaced, charging she was raped in a hotel September 20th, filed a police report, which is still open, but that the Cowboys are continuing to let Spillman play games.
The Spillman case mirrors the 49ers Ray McDonald case, that involving domestic abuse, against his pregnant girlfriend. He has yet to be charged, and he continues to play, with the 49ers electing to let ‘due process’ take its course first.
Spillman has not been charged in either case, which is very different than the Ray Rice-Baltimore domestic abuse case; the felony child abuse case going to court involving Vikings running back Adrian Peterson; and the Greg Hardy, Carolina Panthers case, headed to a domestic abuse trial in three weeks.
But now there is traction, where an NFL investigator, not the police, will have direct access to a victim, and will make a determination on possible immediate sanctions.
Expect a fire fight to break out with the Union, if Friel reports back to Roger Goodell, there is cause, to take this player off the roster.
Innocent till proven guilty, and still getting paid in the process. It is an unfortunate part of the relationship between the league office and the players association. That may be about to change very shortly, just like the status of players accused of breaking the law…