Crabtree's lawyer releases statement, confident in process

Crabtree's lawyer releases statement, confident in process
January 19, 2013, 11:15 am
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Michael Crabtree arrived in Atlanta with the team and is expected to play in Sunday's NFC Championship. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Prior to boarding the team flight to Atlanta Friday, 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree and his lawyer, Joshua M. Bentley, met with San Francisco Police Department detectives as part of a sexual assault investigation. Bentley released the following statement Saturday morning, indicating that his client will cooperate fully:

“On Friday, January 18, 2013, Michael Crabtree voluntarily met with the San Francisco Police Department and provided a statement. Michael fully cooperated with the inspectors and will continue to do so throughout the investigation. We have confidence in the process. Out of respect and integrity for the process, we have no further comment at this time.”

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area cameras captured Crabtree exiting the team buses in Atlanta as the team prepares for Sunday's NFC Championship.

[NEWS: Crabtree investigated for sexual assault]

The alleged assault occurred in a San Francisco hotel Sunday in the early morning, hours after the 49ers' 45-31 victory over the Green Bay Packers in an NFC divisional playoff game. The incident is being investigated by the Special Victims Unit, and will be presented to the District Attorney's Office when it is completed.

Crabtree has not been detained or arrested, and he is expected to play Sunday.