San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said the team has "no tolerance" for domestic violence. Harbaugh's comments come days after 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested and charged with domestic violence.
“I’ll be very clear,” Harbaugh said on the KNBR Morning Show. “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.”
While Harbaugh said the team will not tolerate domestic abuse, he also cautioned against rushing to conclusions.
“There are going to be two principles at play here,” Harbaugh said “And one is, I’ll speak for myself, I’ll speak for the 49ers: We’ll not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we’re firm believers in due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently announced increased penalties for players and team personnel found guilty of domestic violence. The new policy carries a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense.
- Paul Palladino