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SBD/September 3, 2014/Franchises
49ers Taking Lead On How To Deal With Ray McDonald In Domestic Abuse Case
Published September 3, 2014
MAKING THE CALL: In San Jose, Tim Kawakami noted Baalke "decides what the 49ers' rules are, not Harbaugh." Kawakami: "I presume owner Jed York could decide team policy but to this point he has ceded all control of that to his GM and all evidence is that York will continue to do this." Meanwhile, Harbaugh said that there are “'two principles at play here' -- the 49ers and Harbaugh personally will not tolerate domestic violence and also they believe in due process." Because of Harbaugh's intolerance for domestic abuse, if McDonald is found guilty, it would "follow that the 49ers would not want him on the team" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 9/2). Also in San Jose, Mark Purdy wrote the 49ers are "trying to walk a very fragile line." They want to "convince people that they are uber-sensitive to perceptions about being soft on players who are arrested ... while at the same time wanting to retain every possible advantage when it comes to winning games." Purdy: "I would suspend McDonald while the investigation of his alleged actions is ongoing. But I didn’t just write him out a check for [$2.645M]. And I think it is naïve to believe none of that plays a part in how this is all playing out" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 9/2).