Crabtree questioned in sexual assault case

McClatchy news servicesJanuary 19, 2013 

Police in San Francisco said Friday they are investigating a sexual assault allegation involving 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

The alleged assault occurred in a city hotel room early Sunday, after the 49ers’ playoff victory over the Green Bay Packers, police said in a written statement.

Crabtree has been interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated with the probe, the statement said. The receiver hasn’t been detained or arrested, and he agreed to be available for more questions in the future.

The probe is being handled by the department’s special victims unit. When the investigation is done, the findings will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, which decides if charges should be filed.

Authorities didn’t release any further details.

49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said the team is aware of the allegations.

“The 49ers take such matters very seriously,” he said in a statement. “We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing.”

SEAHAWKS’ IDZIK TO JETS

The Jets hired Seahawks executive John Idzik to be their general manager.

Idzik, the Seahawks’ vice president of football administration, was primarily responsible for managing salaries and the salary cap, but he has also worked in player personnel. He had been with the Seahawks the past six seasons after previously working in the front office for Tampa Bay and Arizona.

The Jets also hired Marty Mornhinweg as their offensive coordinator, replacing the fired Tony Sparano.

Mornhinweg spent the past 10 years as an assistant with the Eagles, including the past seven as the team’s offensive coordinator.

HORTON HIRED BY BROWNS

The Browns hired Ray Horton, who played for the University of Washington and spent the past two seasons as Arizona’s defensive coordinator, for the same position with Cleveland.

The 52-year-old former Mount Tahoma star replaces Dick Jauron, who was not retained on Chudzinski’s staff.

BENGALS OL ARRESTED

Bengals offensive tackle Andre Smith was free on bond after his arrest on a charge of carrying a loaded gun at Atlanta’s airport.

Smith, 25, was arrested around 4:50 p.m. Thursday at a security checkpoint at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport. A .38-caliber handgun was found in his carry-on bag, said Atlanta police.

Smith was charged with carrying a weapon in an unauthorized location and was taken to the Clayton County Jail in Jonesboro. He posted $3,000 bond, according to court records.

EXTRA POINTS

The Panthers named Mike Shula as their offensive coordinator and promoted two other assistant coaches. Richard Rodgers was named special-teams coordinator after taking over that role on an interim basis last season and Ricky Proehl was promoted as Carolina’s wide receivers coach after working as an assistant in 2012. … A person familiar with the decision says Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has accepted the same position with the Colts, where he will be reunited with quarterback Andrew Luck. … Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer will play in his first Pro Bowl, replacing injured Clay Matthews of Green Bay. … Dallas hired former Detroit head coach Rod Marinelli as defensive line coach. … New Chargers head coach Mike McCoy retained defensive coordinator John Pagano. … The Bears hired Matt Cavanaugh as their quarterbacks coach and Skip Peete as their running backs coach. … The Falcons plan on having defensive end John Abraham ready to lead their pass rush Sunday in the NFC title game. He was limited in practice for the third straight day, but he expects to start. … Alicia Keys will perform the national anthem before the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 in New Orleans.

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