Free agent cornerback C.J. Spillman has been formally charged with sexual assault stemming from an incident at the Cowboys’ team hotel last September, according to Michael O’Keeffe of the New York Daily News. The police investigation was completed in February and a Tarrant County grand jury handed down an indictment charging Spillman with sexual assault on Monday.
The timing of the incident was notable it came to light on September 20th, just one day after commissioner Roger Goodell vowed at a press conference to get tough on players who commit violent crimes. Because Spillman was not charged, however, he was not disciplined by the Cowboys or the NFL. Spillman wound up playing the next day against the Rams and he did not miss a single regular season game for Dallas all year. The 29-year-old also appeared in both of the Cowboys’ postseason games last year. For his career, Spillman has appeared in 83 career regular season games with the Chargers, Niners, and Cowboys.
Spillman is currently looking for work and today’s news obviously will throw a wrench into things. The special teams ace worked out for the Patriots back in May but was not signed.