(This post has been updated. Please see below for the latest updates.)
Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is cooperating with police following the death of a 21-year-old woman, according to TMZ Sports.
According to the report, Nicholson has not been arrested or charged for any matter in regard to the woman's death. It is thought, sources told TMZ, that the woman died of a drug overdose.
Nicholson was not at Redskins practice on Thursday afternoon as the team is preparing to play the New York Jets on Sunday. He did return to practice on Friday. The Redskins have released the following statement:
"We’ve been made aware of the tragic event and extend our deepest sympathies to the family who lost a loved one. Our team has alerted the league office and is cooperating with local authorities. We fully support law enforcement and respect their process as they investigate the matter."
Update: The victim's father, Herman "Butch" Crabbe, told the Washington Post that his daughter had been dating Nicholson for about six months.
According to the report, Nicholson took her to the hospital after she collapsed in the bathroom at his house.
According to Herman Crabbe, Nicholson called Julia Crabbe's brother to tell him that Julia had collapsed. Her brother told Nicholson to call 911, but Nicholson and an unidentified man took the victim to the hospital, which they reportedly believed would be quicker than calling an ambulance because it was close to his house.
Herman Crabbe said his daughter modeled and worked at a hotel. “My daughter had the world in her hands, and she was very smart,” Herman Crabbe said. “I’m torn up right now. She got mixed up in something, and I wish I had known.”
Update: A search warrant made public by Loudoun County officials on Tuesday showed that pills, marijuana and foil with residue were found at Montae Nicholson's apartment by police after the death of 21-year-old Julia Crabbe earlier this month.
According to the Washington Post, the warrant did not say who the drugs belonged to. Nicholson's lawyer, Mark Dycio, told the Post that the drugs didn't belong to his client.
“Montae would have no knowledge of the drugs because they belonged to a guest,” he said. “It’s a tragic story. It’s a tragedy that the news is focused on where she died instead of the drug epidemic ravaging the country.”
Nicholson, who played in the Redskins' loss to the Jets on Sunday, has not been charged with a crime and has been reportedly cooperating with officials.
Crabbe's mother Tisha Lewis, in an interview last week with Fox 5, questioned if Nicholson could have done more to help her daughter after she was reportedly found unconscious in his bathroom.
“His actions, he could have handled it differently. Would it have changed anything? We don’t know. He could have handled it differently,” said Lewis.