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Gloria Allred: NFL To Meet With Client on Spillman Rape Allegation

By    |   Friday, 17 Oct 2014 04:47 PM

The NFL will conduct an in-person interview in Los Angeles this month with a woman who told police that she was raped by player C.J. Spillman, the woman's lawyer, Gloria Allred, told Newsmax TV on Friday.

Allred told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that the meeting, scheduled for Oct. 27 in Los Angeles, will help her decide if NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is serious about combating the player-perpetrated sexual violence and domestic abuse that has made national headlines.

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"So I want to see on Oct. 27, when they interview my client here in Los Angeles, is this going to be an investigation that is fair to alleged victims, or just something that is going to protect the NFL, the NFL brand, the players, the team?" said Allred.

"This is going to be the test," she said, "and we want to see, are they really going to get it right or not?"

Allred is representing two women who have accused Spillman of rape: one in Santa Clara, Calif., when the defensive back played for the San Francisco 49ers; the other in Grapevine, Texas, after Spillman was traded to the Dallas Cowboys.

Allred said the league's Oct. 27 interview at her Los Angeles law office is with her California client in the Spillman case.

Spillman, who has not been arrested in either police investigation, remains on the Cowboys' roster as an active player.

Allred asked why Spillman is still suiting up, given the NFL's official code of conduct, which she said holds players to a "higher standard" in any incident that could "undermine public confidence in the NFL or the integrity of the NFL," even if there is no arrest, prosecution or conviction.

Allred has already met with a former sex crimes prosecutor Lisa Friel, recently hired by Goodell to investigate sexual assault and domestic abuse allegations against NFL players.

Friel's hiring is one response to the furor over running back Ray Rice, who initially went unpunished by the league despite evidence that he had punched his fiancee.

Allred said that she is looking for more evidence of the new, zero-tolerance policy that Goodell has promised since the Rice episode, and she asked whether the NFL plans to interview Spillman.

Allred agreed that with its major commercial sponsors still on board and television ratings still high, the NFL is weathering the domestic violence scandal.

"It is about money, and they're protecting their brand," she said of the league. "But we're not going to go silently into that dark night. We are going to speak up for the victims."

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