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January 23, 2013
Report: Case against Crabtree is weak


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 chief Greg Suhr  said he hoped the investigation would be complete in 10 days - that is, before the Super Bowl on Feb. 4 3.

- 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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