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After Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for striking his then-fiancee, 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young voiced his opinion on how the NFL should handle players arrested for domestic violence on ESPN’s Monday Night Countdown.
The conversation started about Rice, but morphed into a conversation about how the 49ers should have handled the situation with Ray McDonald’s arrest for domestic violence.
“We’ve got to make an affirmative stance about it,” Young said.
“I saw what we did with the policy a couple weeks ago, but then Ray McDonald gets arrested and has physical bruising on his wife – felony domestic abuse, violence. Any company in this country, any big company, if that happens they send you home. They might pay you, but you don’t come to work until we figure this out.”
Suzy Kolber then interjected saying, “So you believe Jim Harbaugh who takes a stance, head coaches take a stance…”
Young: “You can see how this can get to where you take an affirmative position on it. You got to have no tolerance about it and mean it. If it’s a fraudulent assertion then they’ll work it out over a few days or a few weeks and miss a couple games, OK. But we have got to have a policy that if you get arrested for this, until we figure it out, we’ll call you when we figure it out but we’ll call you from home. It just has to be that way or you’re not serious about it. I understand due process, that goes on. But every owner has advocated in many ways the ability to discipline players to the commissioner. And I think in many ways you saw the team unilaterally work. Like today, the Baltimore Ravens decided something. Every owner can decide this for themselves.”
McDonald was arrested on early morning of Aug. 31 for felony domestic violence charges.