Dallas police want to interview a Dallas Cowboys player in connection with a murder last month in Old East Dallas, multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation told The Dallas Morning News†
Cornerback Kelvin Joseph was involved in a disturbance March 18 outside a bar in the 3600 block of Greenville Avenue, at Martel Avenue, the same night that Cameron Ray, 20, was fatally shot there, according to multiple sources. Ray was shot about 2 am outside the OT Tavern, and taken to a hospital, where he died.
Cowboys officials have 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 don’t believe Joseph is the shooter.
The Cowboys declined comment Thursday evening. Joseph’s attorney also declined comment.
Joseph, who also goes by the rapper pseudonym “YKDV Bossman Fat,” was a second-round pick in the 2021 draft following his college career at LSU and Kentucky.
Video footage shown by KDFW-TV (FOX4) earlier this week shows a man in a hoodie and an apparent YKDV necklace standing with a group inside the bar. That same group was later caught on another video getting into a fight with Ray and a few others at the intersection of Greenville and Martel.
After the fight ends, Ray and his friends walk across the parking lot, and someone opens fire at them from inside a vehicle passing by, footage shows.
Ray was visiting Dallas with three friends to have fun for a weekend, detective Tonya McDaniel told FOX4 earlier this week. He and his friends were not responsible for causing the disturbance, and police had been working to identify the group seen in the bar, including the man in the necklace, McDaniel told the station.
This is the first known felony 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 drunken-driving crash that killed his best friend and teammate, Jerry Brown Jr. Another former Cowboy, Dwayne Goodrich, spent six years in prison after he killed two men, Demont Matthews and Joseph Wood, in a 2003 hit and run crash.
This is the latest of several off-season woes for the Dallas Cowboys. A woman sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, saying she is his daughter. Jones alleged she was extorting him, which her attorneys denied. A a multimillion-dollar settlement with the team’s cheerleaders after accusations of voyeurism came to light, as well as a lawsuit about a videotape of a sexual enounter involving one of Jones’ sons.
Joseph’s selection last April attracted some attention around the league. At the time, a general manager from an AFC team told The News that Joseph was off his team’s board because of off-the-field concerns. A second NFL scout said that Joseph failed multiple drug tests in college.
Joseph was suspended from the Fiesta Bowl in early 2019 while at LSU before his transfer to Kentucky.
Cornerback was a primary position of need for the Cowboys in 2021.
After Byron Jones and Chidobe Awuzie departed within the past year, they targeted former South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn or ex-Alabama corner Pat Surtain II with the No. 10 overall pick. Both players were drafted at No. 8 and 9, respectively, so Dallas traded back and chose linebacker Micah Parsons at No. 12 overalls.
Parsons was the highest-ranked defender on the Cowboys’ draft board and became the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. The team selected Joseph with its next pick.
Joseph played sparingly as a rookie, appearing in just 14 defensive snaps while contributing mostly on special teams during the first 14 games. He started two of the final three of the regular season, finishing the year with 16 tackles, one forced fumble and two passes defensed.
The Cowboys own the No. 24 overall pick in the 2022 draft, which will be held from April 28 to 30.
Staff Writer Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.