Cowboys’ Kelvin Joseph was in suspect vehicle in murder investigation but did not shoot, attorney says

Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph was a passenger in a vehicle from which multiple shots were fired last month, killing a man in the Old East Dallas area, but Joseph was unarmed and did not not killed the man, his lawyer told the Dallas Morning News Friday.

Dallas police want to question Joseph, 22, about his involvement in the death of Cameron Ray, a 20-year-old who was shot early on March 18. Joseph and Ray had gone out with separate groups of friends. According to surveillance video footage released by Dallas police this week, the groups skirmished around 1:45 a.m. outside a nightclub and bar in the 3600 block of Greenville Avenue at Martel Avenue.

Footage shows that shortly after the fight, a black SUV drove past Ray and his group of friends, and shots were fired from at least one of the vehicle’s windows. Ray was taken to hospital, where he died.

The Cowboys drafted Joseph, who played at LSU and Kentucky, in the second round last year.

“Kelvin Joseph did not shoot Cameron Ray,” Barry Sorrels, Joseph’s attorney, said. “Mr. Ray’s death is a tragedy and Kelvin sends 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.

“With condolences to the Ray family, Kelvin apologizes to the Dallas community for coming close to this type of incident. The investigation is ongoing and we intend to respect the process.

Sorrels declined to provide details on whether Joseph spoke with police, saying he would bring up the matter “later and at a more appropriate time”.

For the first time, the Cowboys publicly addressed the investigation Friday in a statement provided to The news.

“The Dallas Cowboys are aware of the tragic incident that occurred in Dallas on March 18. First and foremost, our hearts go out to Mr. Ray’s family and loved ones. The organization is aware of the possible link between Kelvin Joseph and this incident. We are in contact with Dallas law enforcement and have alerted the NFL office. We have no further comments at this time. »

An NFL spokesperson said the matter is “under review of the league’s personal conduct policy.”

The fact that Dallas police have asked for the public’s help would indicate that Joseph went weeks without contacting police to find out what he knows about the shooting and the people involved. Texas party law could potentially lead to charges for anyone who was in the SUV at the time of the shooting.

Earlier this week, Dallas police asked for the public’s help in identifying the six men involved in the unrest with Ray’s group outside OT Tavern. Joseph was identified, as he shares similar facial features to a man in the video who wore a necklace that appeared to have the letters “YKDV” inlaid on a medallion. On Friday, they released a video of the men.

Joseph has a rapper alias, YKDV Bossman Fat, which predates his time in the NFL. YKDV stands for “You Know Da Vibe”.

Joseph played sparingly as a rookie for the Cowboys, starting the 2021 season on injured reserve with a groin condition he suffered during an Aug. 29 exhibition against the Jacksonville Jaguars. In the team’s first 14 games, he appeared in seven and had just 14 defensive snaps, mostly contributing on special teams. He started two of the last three regular season games and finished the year with 16 tackles and two passes defended.

It’s the latest of several off-season woes for the Dallas Cowboys. A woman sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones claiming she was his daughter. Jones alleged that she was extorting him, which his lawyers denied. A multimillion-dollar settlement with the team’s cheerleaders after voyeurism accusations emerged, as well as a lawsuit over a videotape of a sexual encounter involving one of Jones’ sons.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Kelvin Joseph (24) leaves the field after being injured during the...

Also on Friday, the City of Dallas threatened to sue properties on Greenville Avenue near where Ray was shot. An assistant City of Dallas attorney wrote in a letter this week that the properties, which include OT Tavern and Bar 3606, have repeatedly been the site of crimes in the past, adding that the city is now ready to file a lawsuit. legal action if the properties “fail”. to reduce crime.

The letter cites seven crimes on these properties since 2018, including the March homicide, two aggravated assaults, a sexual assault, two criminal mischief and a firearm discharge charge. Four of those crimes took place in the past month, according to the letter.

The owners were not immediately available on Friday for comment.

Council Member Paul Ridley also plans to file a protest against Bar 3606 before he applies to renew his Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license this summer, according to his office. Ridley urged the city to take legal action against both law societies, his office said.