Dallas police want to question a Dallas Cowboys player in connection with a murder last month in Old East Dallas, multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation said. The Dallas Morning News.
Cornerback Kelvin Joseph was involved in a disturbance March 18 outside a bar in the 3600 block of Greenville Avenue on Martel Avenue, the same night Cameron Ray, 20, was shot and killed there, according to several sources. Ray was shot at around 2 a.m. outside the OT Tavern and taken to hospital, where he died.
Cowboys officials encouraged Joseph to speak with police about what he knows, according to a team source who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. Cowboys officials do not believe Joseph was the shooter.
The Cowboys declined to comment Thursday night. Joseph’s attorney also declined to comment.
Joseph, who also goes by the rapper alias “YKDV Bossman Fat,” was a second-round pick in the 2021 draft after his college career at LSU and Kentucky.
Video footage released by KDFW-TV (FOX4) earlier this week shows a man wearing an apparent YKDV hoodie and necklace standing with a group inside the bar. This same group was later captured on another video fighting with Ray and a few others at the intersection of Greenville and Martel.
After the fight is over, Ray and his friends drive through the parking lot and someone opens fire at them from inside a passing vehicle, footage shows.
Ray was visiting Dallas with three friends for a fun weekend, Detective Tonya McDaniel told FOX4 earlier this week. He and his friends were not responsible for the disturbance, and police had been working to identify the group seen in the bar, including the man with the necklace, McDaniel told the station.
This is the first known criminal investigation involving a Dallas Cowboys player since Josh Brent, a former lineman who in 2014 was sentenced to 10 years probation for his 2012 drunk driving accident that resulted in killed his best friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr. Another former Cowboy, Dwayne Goodrich, spent six years in prison after killing two men, Demont Matthews and Joseph Wood, in a 2003 hit-and-run accident.
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.
Joseph’s selection last April drew attention in the league. At the time, a general manager of an AFC team said The news that Joseph was off his team’s board due to off-field issues. A second NFL scout said Joseph failed multiple drug tests while in college.
Joseph was suspended from the Fiesta Bowl in early 2019 while at LSU prior to his move to Kentucky.
Cornerback was a primary need position for the Cowboys in 2021.
After the departure of Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie over the past year, they’ve targeted former South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn or former Alabama corner Pat Surtain II with the No. 10 pick in the total. Both players were drafted at No. 8 and 9 respectively, so Dallas traded and picked linebacker Micah Parsons at No. 12 overall.
Parsons was the highest-ranked defenseman on the Cowboys draft committee and became the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The team selected Joseph with their next pick.
Joseph played sparingly as a rookie, appearing in just 14 defensive snaps while contributing mostly to special teams in the first 14 games. He started two of the last three of the regular season, finishing the year with 16 tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defended.
The Cowboys own the 24th overall pick in the 2022 draft, which will be held April 28-30.
Editor Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.