Earlier this year I wrote that Ray McDonald’s legal troubles and the 49ers’ insistence to let the legal process sort it out would define the reputation of Jed York and the team. And in the end, the 49ers came out on top. Of course, the rumblings of whether or not the officer helping McDonald had any connection with the team is the what if that still remains.
Now, another what if hovers over the team involving Ray McDonald. It’s not whether or not the decision to release him was right (I believe it was) but it’s more on what if the 49ers were still in the playoff hunt?
Remember, the 49ers stuck with McDonald the first time and because of that, McDonald was able to play instead of serving a punishment. If the 49ers were not eliminated from the playoff hunt, would the 49ers have held on to McDonald just a bit for his services on the field?
In 2010, I was interning at Bleacher Report. My job was to send out newsletters to various subscribers of certain teams. I had a lot of responsibilities for SEC college football teams and one of the teams was South Carolina. Naturally during that season I kept a close eye on Marcus Lattimore as he was just dominating the running game for the Gamecocks. I felt that I was learning so much about college football and a lot about South Carolina. Instantly, I became a fan of Lattimore as he was just impressive to watch and follow.
When he suffered the knee injuries I was devastated. The player I watched and cheered for may not be able to play again. Fortunately he was able to make himself a prospect worth considering and the 49ers saw that. Combining a favorite player of mine and my favorite team was just a wonderful idea. I saw the NFL Films documentary on Lattimore and the joy he and his family had when the 49ers called him while he was eating lunch at Benihana.
I knew that also the 49ers were taking a risk on a player that wasn’t fully healed and it was an investment.
The investment ended today and I wish Lattimore the best. He never got a chance to do what he loved but knowing what he was able to accomplish in the past, he was primed for greatness. Most importantly, he has been a humble guy and would have been a great leader on this team. Good luck where ever you go, Marcus. I’ll always remain a fan.
The face you make when the NFL says you didn’t use a racial slur and still fines you $5500? *shrugs* back to my grind! #IDontGetTired #WhoDoYouLove #Se7enPounds
So the initial fine for the racial slur has been cut in half because a racial slur was never said. So why is Colin Kaepernick still being fined? If it was just for a general profanity, then that must be singling him out. Tons of non-racial profane words are said on the football field yet these players don’t get fined.
I don’t know how the league can police these things. They’re trying and by this situation, it is clear that it isn’t clear at all.
A lot is on the line for the 49ers and it rides on the outcome of the Ray McDonald investigation.
Throughout the entire Ray Rice domestic violence news that has overtaken us this past 24 hours, we are reminded that the 49ers are dealing with a similar situation. “Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice,” 49ers CEO Jed York told KNBR this morning. He is right. But it’s tough to try to sift through all the discussion with domestic violence right in the forefront and not find similarities.
Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice. That is true. His situation is not similar to that of Rice’s. But with Rice ordeal still in our minds, the 49ers are very aware of the potential consequences if McDonald’s alleged domestic violence attack is true.
But of course, the 49ers are not the type of organization to be the judge, jury and executioner on their own. They wait when they’re demanded to be swift. The same way they waited and allowed Aldon Smith to play one game before hearing the outcry of the public. Then did Smith receive some sort of punishment in the form of rehab. It was only then after did the NFL suspend Smith for nine games.
They knew that Smith was out of control, yet they balked at making a move.
First of all, here is the story via Twitter.
The 1994 throwbacks.
In 1994, the NFL celebrated their 75th anniversary and many teams throughout the league wore throwbacks that season. The 49ers wore the throwbacks you see above, taking back to their 1955 set, early in the season. When they got superstitious, they decided to keep wearing that uniform. They eventually rode that all the way to their Super Bowl XXIX victory.
That was the last time the 49ers won the Super Bowl and the aspirations to return and win it are at an all-time high for this franchise. Since the 49ers changed their uniform to their current set in 1994, the team has not worn a throwback for any kind. This current set is so similar to what they wore during their glory years of the 1980s that they eliminated any potential throwback games to that era. Of course they could throw back to the Jeff Garcia, Shaun Hill days but most of those were very tough seasons that fans might not want to remember.
So why not throw back to the 1994 set?
“What if they killed Robin Williams to distract us from what was really going on…”
The tweet has since been deleted.
What an odd thing to say. Who killed Robin Williams and what was it to distract us from?
Davis is notorious for tweeting things that either anger or confuse people. This is another one of those.
The reaction, of course, was of confusion and shock.