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Jerry Jones says nothing has changed with status of C.J. Spillman

IRVING, Texas-- On his weekly radio show, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said unless an arrest is made, safety C.J. Spillman will remain with the team.

These were the sentiments made by coach Jason Garrett on Thursday.

Spillman is under investigation for an alleged rape at the Gaylord Texan hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Spillman hasn't been charged or arrested, and Grapevine Police say the investigation is ongoing.

Spillman has practiced this week with the team, including on Friday.

"He's at this point, a member of the team, and he's a part of everything we're doing relative to practice," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Friday. "And again, I think we're dealing with an accusation, we're dealing with an allegation, until there's something from such as an arrest, then I believe he'll remain a member of this team."

The NFL has been criticized for its handling of several domestic violence cases which has resulted in an independent investigation of how the Ray Rice suspension was handled.

Garrett addressed the team recently regarding off-the-field conduct and team executive vice president, Stephen Jones said the franchise has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to domestic violence.

"Well, Jason said yesterday that we’re not going to comment on any investigation regarding players or personnel when there have been no arrests or charges made," Jerry Jones said. "That’s a key thing because the notable ones around the league, the ones that has created a lot of sensitivity on the league, those have had arrests involved. They’re not just an allegation or an accusation. I think you have to be careful with accusations in these types of situations because they don’t tell the full story.

When someone’s officially charged or arrested then it becomes a different situation for us. I think ultimately, in my view, that will be in line with anything the league is doing or planning to do regarding physical abuse or sexual assault allegations.”