London Breed calls out 49ers over domestic violence
San Francisco Supervisor London Breed said that despite being a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, she is not a fan of the team’s decision to allow defensive end Ray McDonald to play during an active investigation for felony domestic violence charges.
In a resolution announced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors meeting, Breed urged both the 49ers and the National Football League to strengthen their policies against domestic violence.
McDonald, 29, was arrested on Aug. 31 and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges. He was released on bail later that day, San Jose police said.
Breed said that the 49ers allowed him to play in Sunday’s game against the Dallas Cowboys only one week after McDonald’s arrest. Breed said that while the 49ers no longer play in San Francisco, they continue to bear The City’s name and that their actions reflect on The City:
“It is imperative that professional sports, popular culture, and anyone associated with the name San Francisco stand up against domestic violence.”
Today’s resolution denounced the 49ers’ decision to allow McDonald to play on Sept. 7 and urged the 49ers not to repeat the same mistake this coming Sunday. Breed urged the NFL specifically, and major league sports in general, to take a stronger stance against domestic violence and do more to protect the victims of abuse.