Jim Harbaugh: 'There's no tolerance' for domestic violence

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

If Ray McDonald is found guilty of domestic violence, it sounds like he'll be done in San Francisco. (USATSI)
If Ray McDonald is found guilty of domestic violence, it sounds like he'll be done in San Francisco. (USATSI)

Let 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh be clear about one thing: if one of his players lays his hands on a woman, Harbaugh will have no tolerance for that player.

He's said it before (when Donte Whitner informed all of us that Harbaugh said to his team, "If you put your hand on a woman, then you're done in his book"), and during his radio show on KNBR (via CSN Bay Area), Harbaugh -- whose team was rocked this weekend by the arrest of defensive tackle Ray McDonald, who was charged with domestic violence -- said it again.

"You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there's no understanding," Harbaugh said. "There's no tolerance for that.”

Asked if he would clear his team of a player who was found guilty of domestic violence, Harbaugh said he would.

On Sunday, McDonald was booked at 5:30 a.m. for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant" during his birthday party. Officers said when they arrived, McDonald's fiance showed them bruises on her body, and they took him into custody.

When he posted a $25,000 bond later Sunday, McDonald said the "truth will come out" and that it was a "crazy situation."

It sounds like the 49ers will let his side of the story emerge before acting.

“There are going to be two principles at play here,” Harbaugh said “And one is, I'll speak for myself, I'll speak for the 49ers: We'll not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we're firm believers in is due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles."

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