[Content Note: discussion of sexual assault]
Right now, In the sports section of NBC News (both on their regular site and on their mobile one), the top four (4!!!!) stories are about Manti Te’o and whether he knew his girlfriend was fake. Then one about Durant’s scoring (hook ’em!) and another about Lance Armstrong. And finally one about Michael Crabtree, receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, being under investigation for sexual assault:
San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is being investigated over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman last week, according to multiple media reports.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports thatpolice have interviewed Crabtree about allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in a San Francisco hotel early on January 13, hours after the 49ers beat the Packers at Candlestick Park.
Bay Area television station KTVU reports that San Francisco Police have confirmed the investigation, and that Crabtree is cooperating with the Special Victims Unit, whose detectives interviewed Crabtree.
Crabtree has not been arrested or charged. He is still expected to play on Sunday against the Falcons in Atlanta.
Swarbrick revealed that a private outside firm had been hired to investigate just who had perpetrated this “cruel game.” The athletic director even cried. His behavior only raises more important questions than anything Te’o will face tomorrow. Why hasn’t there been any kind of privately funded, outside investigation into the alleged sexual assaults committed by members of the football team? Why was there no private, outside investigation into Coach Brian Kelly’s role in the death of team videographer Declan Sullivan? It says so much that Te’o’s bizarre soap opera has moved Swarbrick to openly weeping but he hasn’t spared one tear, let alone held one press conference, for Lizzy Seeberg, the young woman who took her own life after coming forward with allegations that a member of the team sexually assaulted her. Swarbrick’s press conference displayed that the problem at Notre Dame is not just football players without a compass; it’s the adults without a conscience. Their credo isn’t any kind of desire for truth or justice. Instead it seems to be little more than a constant effort to protect the Fighting Irish brand, no matter who gets hurt.
Less than a day into the Manti Te’o revelations, we’ve heard more about a fake dead girlfriend of a Notre Dame football player than a real dead girl. Lizzy Seeberg committed suicide, not long after being intimidated by Notre Dame football players for reporting a sexual assault by one of their teammates. A second woman who was taken to the hospital for a rape exam declined to formally accuse another Notre Dame football player after getting a series of bullying texts from players.
Football and sexual assault and not caring. As Irin says, no one should be surprised.
When I went to find a link to the Crabtree report, it was already gone from the screen. Le sigh:
I know that NBC is HIGHLY invested in Notre Dame and that is probably playing a role in their investment then in Te’o’s story.
So, here’s ESPN:
Related: This is my “not shocked” face.