Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph has been connected to a shooting death in Dallas.
The Dallas police want to interview the Cowboys’ 2021 second-round draft pick as part of a murder investigation regarding the March 18 fatal shooting of Cameron Ray, a 20-year-old shot near a local bar.
Joseph’s attorney told The Dallas Morning News his client “did not shoot” Ray, but he acknowledged his client was a passenger in a car from which multiple shots were fired.
“Mr. Ray’s death is a tragedy, and Kelvin extends his deepest condolences for the family’s loss,” Sorrel told The News. “On the night of March 17, Kelvin was unarmed and was not looking for violence. He found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent.
“Along with condolences to the Ray family, Kelvin apologizes to the Dallas community for being anywhere near this type of incident. The investigation is ongoing, and we intend to respect the process.”
The matter is also under NFL investigation for violation of the league’s personal conduct policy, a league spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Friday afternoon.
The Cowboys released a statement confirming they are aware of the incident.
“First and foremost, our hearts go out to Mr. Ray’s family and loved ones,” a team spokesperson said in a statement. “The organization is aware of Kelvin Joseph’s possible connection to this incident. We are in contact with Dallas law enforcement and have alerted the NFL office.
“We have no further comment at this time.”
Dallas detective Tonya McDaniel declined comment when reached by USA TODAY Sports on Thursday evening.
A Dallas police spokesperson similarly said the department does “not confirm the identity of an individual or person of interest unless the department has charged the individual, arrested them, or we are actively searching for the person in connection to a crime.”
The department posted video of the incident to its blog Friday, renewing its request for help identifying individuals in the black SUV from when shots were allegedly fired.
Dallas police responded to an incident on March 18 at 2:01 a.m. local time and found Ray shot at the location. Dallas Fire-Rescue transported him to an area hospital, where he later died from injuries. Dallas police began an investigation for aggravated assault then reassigned the case to its homicide unit. The investigation is ongoing, the department said, and the motive unknown.
The Cowboys drafted Joseph, who played collegiately for LSU then Kentucky, with the 44th overall pick of the 2021 draft. He played in 10 games as a rookie, starting two, after landing on injured reserve due to a groin injury. Joseph totaled 164 defensive snaps and 142 on special teams, notching 16 tackles, one for loss, two pass deflections and a fumble recovery. The Cowboys have expected Joseph to assume a larger role in coordinator Dan Quinn’s defense in his second professional year.
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