Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jed York: "Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice"

Ray Rice was cut by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his domestic violence incident. So why is Ray McDonald still playing for the 49ers after his own domestic violence arrest?

Because, according to 49ers CEO Jed York, the situations are not the same.

“Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice,” York said on the KNBR Morning Show, via

“And as a society we have a sense of saying, ‘You didn’t do it right with Ray Rice right away, so you need to overdo it with Ray McDonald or whoever else it is.’ And I don’t believe that that’s the country we live in. I don’t think that’s a fair way to approach it. . . . I think you have to be very careful not to punish somebody that’s in a different situation than the last one and apply what happened in the last one to this one.”

McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges and police say they saw “visible injuries” on McDonald’s pregnant fiancĂ©. But the 49ers are standing behind him, for now.

“I will not punish somebody until we see evidence that it should be done or before an entire organization, an entire legal, police investigation, shows us something,” York said. “For me to look myself in the mirror and say ‘I’m going to punish somebody, whether it’s not playing them, cutting them or suspending them or whatever that punishment is, before you can go through an entire legal process and an entire investigation,’ that’s not who I am.”

As we saw with Rice, however, the legal process often does an inadequate job of dealing with
domestic abusers. And so does the NFL.

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