Cowboys’ Kelvin Joseph was in vehicle with murder suspect but did not shoot, report says

More turmoil has arrived for the Dallas Cowboys in an offseason already steeped in turmoil. This time it’s cornerback Kelvin Joseph, 22, the team’s 2021 second-round pick who’s on course to earn a starting role in 2022, is asked by Dallas police to step up. to present for an interview regarding an ongoing murder investigation involving death. of Cameron Ray, 20, on the evening of March 18 following an altercation outside a Dallas-area nightclub – sources told CBS Sports on Thursday afternoon/evening.

Surveillance video has been released that shows an individual matching Joseph’s description, including his trademark necklace that reads YKDV (an acronym for his rapper alias, YKDV Bossman Fat, and stands for “You Know Da Vibe”) indicating that he may Joseph was present at the scene where the altercation broke out with Ray and his group of friends; and potentially that he was involved in the altercation itself.

After the fight, Ray was shot in a drive-by as someone in an SUV opened fire on him, and he was later transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Below is the timeline of research into the matter by CBS Sports on Thursday, April 14.

  • 5:00 PM CT: Sources could not say “no” if Joseph was present at the scene of the murder being investigated by the Dallas Police Department, but recognized footage appears to show him.
  • 6:00 p.m. CT: Continued conversations with sources lead to credible speculation that DPD would want to question Joseph, believing he was indeed present at the scene and involved in the initial altercation.
  • 9:15 PM CT: Source text confirms that DPD wants to speak to Joseph, but stops short of calling him a suspect or person of interest at the time.

Joseph is expected to speak with the police, sources say, but it’s unclear when he will make himself available to do so. The team released the following statement on Friday:

“The Dallas Cowboys are aware of the tragic incident that occurred in Dallas on March 18. First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Mr. Ray. 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.”

The matter is now also being reviewed by the league’s front office, which will launch an investigation – a source told CBS Sports – which will work to conclude whether Joseph violated any of the league’s policies, including the personal conduct policy. , which could lead to a possible fine and/or suspension.

Joseph’s personal attorney, Barry Sorrels, released the following statement on Friday, via The Dallas Morning News, which places Joseph as a passenger in the aforementioned SUV during the March 18 crime — an admission that puts Joseph in the crosshairs of laws that involve the presence of individuals during the commission of a crime. Sorrels argues that not only was Joseph not the shooter, he was simply a passenger in a vehicle where things got out of hand without his influence or knowledge.

“Kelvin Joseph did not shoot Cameron Ray,” Sorrels said. “The death of Mr. Ray is a tragedy, and Kelvin offers his deepest condolences for the loss of the family. On the night of March 17, Kelvin was unarmed and not seeking violence. He found himself in a situation that escalated without his knowledge or consent.In addition to condolences to the Ray family, Kelvin apologizes to the Dallas community for being close to this type of incident.

“The investigation is ongoing, and we intend to respect the process.”

A standout cornerback at the University of Kentucky, Joseph entered the 2021 NFL Draft with several red flags off the field that gave teams pause on his ability to remain a viable talent at the professional level. It was the Cowboys who gave him the green light with the 44th overall pick, and after showing great promise on the field in his 10 games played with two starts, he is believed to have positioned himself to potentially supplant veteran Anthony Brown as starter. cornerback against Trevon Diggs.

But before any of that happens, Joseph will have to meet with the police to explain his part of the events that led to Ray’s death on the evening of March 18.

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