Nothing has changed regarding C.J. Spillman’s status in the past 24 hours. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated what coach Jason Garrett said a day earlier: The safety will remain a member of the team unless he is arrested or charged in a sexual assault investigation.
“Well, Jason said yesterday that we’re not going to comment on any investigation regarding players or personnel when there have been no arrests or charges made,” Jones said on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM. “That’s a key thing because the notable ones around the league, the ones that has created a lot of sensitivity on the league, those have had arrests involved. They’re not just an allegation or an accusation. I think you have to be careful with accusations in these types of situations, because they don’t tell the full story. When someone’s officially charged or arrested, then it becomes a different situation for us. I think ultimately, in my view, that will be in line with anything the league is doing or planning to do regarding physical abuse or sexual assault allegations.”
The Grapevine Police Department is investigating the assault allegation reported Sept. 20 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center. The investigation just came to light Tuesday.
Spillman has played in all four games for the Cowboys but only on special teams.
Spillman, who arrived before the season opener after he was released by the 49ers, is expected to play Sunday against Houston. He practiced Friday.
“He’s, at this point, a member of the team, and he’s a part of everything we’re doing relative to practice and again, I think we’re dealing with an accusation; we’re dealing with an allegation,” Jones said. “Until there’s something from such as an arrest, then I believe he’ll remain a member of this team.”