The allegation of sexual assault against 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree appears to be flimsy, according to a report in today's San Francisco Chronicle.
The paper cited a law enforcement source in reporting that two other women who were with Crabtree at the W Hotel in San Francisco after the team's Jan. 12 playoff game said the alleged assault didn't occur. San Francisco police also did not find any evidence of a physical attack, according to the report.
Crabtree has been cooperating with police and was interviewed Friday before the team left for Atlanta. He has not been charged.
Crabtree, 25, started the contest and finished with six catches for 57 yards. He fumbled at the goal line, but the mistake did not end up costing his team, which took its first lead on the next possession. Crabtree was San Francisco's top pass catcher this year, becoming the first 49er with more than 1,000 receiving yards since Terrell Owens in 2003.
The report said police chiefÂ Greg SuhrÂ said he hoped the investigation would be complete in 10 days - that is, before the Super Bowl on Feb.
- Matt Barrows