Newsom criticizes 49ers for lack of action on McDonald
First Steve Young, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, called on the team to sit Ray McDonald after his arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse.
Then, hours before the 49ers took the field in a losing effort to the Chicago Bears on Sunday, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom weighed in.
In a statement Sunday, Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, said suiting up McDonald “is a painful affront to every victim of domestic violence and sends a troubling message to our community and especially our children that ‘zero tolerance’ are empty words, not real actions.”
McDonald, a defensive end, was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of domestic abuse. The investigation is ongoing. The 49ers appear unmoved, with coach Jim Harbaugh saying “we’re not going to flinch based on public speculation.”
A lieutenant governor has few official duties, but the title of the office can bring a politician notice, especially around controversial issues. Last month, Newsom, a former mayor of San Francisco, made headlines when he called for more accountability measures tied to academic performance for college athletic directors.
“As trustees and fiduciaries, you need to see that there is a train wreck coming.”