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Gloria Allred: Client Will Test NFL Sexual Violence Pledge

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 06:42 PM

A California woman who told police she was raped by pro football player C.J. Spillman spent 5 1/2 hours on Monday being interviewed in person about the case by two NFL-hired investigators, the woman's lawyer, Gloria Allred, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

Allred told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner that the questioning by two former prosecutors who met with her client in Los Angeles was "thorough," "detailed," and handled "seriously."

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She withheld judgement on whether the league itself and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are just as serious about combating sexual violence and domestic abuse by players.

"Five and a half hours of questioning of my client, and I have a question for the NFL: Will C.J. Spillman answer 5 1/2 hours of questions from the NFL about this alleged incident? I'm curious about that," said Allred.

The league has come under intense scrutiny this summer for its handling of cases including an abuse allegation against running back Ray Rice, who initially went unpunished by the league despite video evidence that he had punched his fianceé.

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.

Spillman has not been arrested in either jurisidction and remains on the Cowboys' roster.

The interview on Monday, with Allred's California client, was conducted by former sex crimes prosecutor Lisa Friel and another veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office in New York, both hired by Goodell.

Allred called the California case "the very first test" of the league's fresh promise of zero tolerance toward such incidents.

"After all, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in his Sept. 19 press conference said he wanted to get his NFL house in order in reference to sexual assault allegations and domestic violence," said Allred. " He wanted to get it right."

But as she argued in a "MidPoint" interview earlier this month, Allred said on Tuesday that Spillman need not be arrested to face punishment by the league under its existing personal conduct policy — which she said covers any behavior "that could affect the integrity of the NFL or undermine public confidence in the NFL."

Allred suggested that Spillman's continued presence on the Cowboys' roster puts a question mark by Goodell's motives for speaking out this summer.

"Perhaps he just wanted to end the P.R. nightmare he was suffering at the time," said Allred.

Allred said that her clients are pursuing the case primarily through the criminal justice system, and are not seeking monetary damages from the NFL. She did not entirely rule out the possibility of suing the league.

"I'm saying neither of them have any intention of doing that at this time," she said.

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A California woman who told police she was raped by pro football player C.J. Spillman spent 5 1/2 hours on Monday being interviewed in person about the case by two NFL-hired investigators, the woman's lawyer, Gloria Allred, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.
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