Jim Harbaugh vs. Jed York: Different Standards for Domestic Violence

By Robert Haugh

Yesterday, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s office charged 49ers defensive standout Reuben Foster with felony domestic violence. He allegedly inflicted great bodily injury and forcefully attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime.

He was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and a misdemeanor charge of possession of a large capacity weapon magazine. The alleged victim told the police, “Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times.”

If convicted of all charges, he faces at least 11 years in prison.

The 49ers did not release Foster. Here’s the difference between now and four years ago.

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Jim Harbaugh vs. Jed York: Different Standards for Domestic Violence

Two days after 49ers player Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence in 2014, here’s what former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh told KNBR:

“You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there’s no understanding. There’s no tolerance for that.”

Then 2 months later, the 49ers released McDonald the day after the charges were filed against him.

45 days after 49ers player Reuben Foster was arrested for domestic violence in 2018, Here’s what 49ers President Jed York told NBC Sports Bay Area:

“We’d love Reuben to be on this team, and we’d love him to participate for us. But if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him — or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on — I think the guys have said then you’re just going to have to move on.”

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