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January 18, 2013
Crabtree interviewed in connection with SF sexual assault


Receiver Michael Crabtree was interviewed by police in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred early Sunday morning in San Francisco, according to a statement by the San Francisco Police Department.

The alleged assualt took place in a city hotel room following the 49ers divisional playoff win over the Green Bay Packers. Crabtree had 119 receiving yards in that game and scored two touchdowns.

The statement said Crabtree was interviewed with his attorney present and has cooperated with the probe. The receiver hasn't been detained or arrested, and he agreed to be available for further questions in the future. The incident is being investigated by the department's Special Victims Unit.

The 49ers released a statement from general manager Trent Baalke. "We are aware of the allegation against Michael and understand that he has fully cooperated with authorities," Baalke said. "The 49ers take such matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time as the legal process is ongoing. Additional requests for comment should be directed to Michael's attorney."

The 49ers flew to Atlanta, where they will play the Falcons in the NFC Championship game, earlier this afternoon. Crabtree is in Atlanta and is expected to play on Sunday.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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