Harbaugh: Information and fact will determine McDonald decision

Harbaugh: Information and fact will determine McDonald decision
September 3, 2014, 1:30 pm
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I take full responsibility, the greatest share of responsibility for that. It’s my responsibility as the head football coach.
Jim Harbaugh on 49ers arrests

SANTA CLARA -– Coach Jim Harbaugh reiterated his rigid stance on domestic violence on the 49ers, but he said Wednesday there is not enough information to reach a conclusion about Ray McDonald.

San Jose Police early Sunday arrested the 49ers' starting defensive lineman at his home Sunday morning on domestic violence charges. He was released later that morning on $25,000 bail.

San Jose Chief of Police Larry Esquivel said, "The victim had visible injuries."

[MAIOCCO: San Jose Police, 49ers continue McDonald investigations]

Now, McDonald is back practicing with the 49ers and preparing for Sunday’s season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Harbaugh said the decision whether McDonald plays on Sunday will be based on “information and facts.”

Harbaugh deflected questions about how the organization will reach a decision. Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke have spoken publicly on the subject. CEO Jed York and president Paraag Marathe have remained silent.

“I wouldn’t concentrate on who,” Harbaugh said. “What who is doing or who is making the decision. It’s what’s going to make the decision. That’s information and fact.”

When asked if he’s gotten a feeling from his face-to-face discussions with McDonald since the incident, Harbaugh answered, “We can talk about that. We can talk about what those conversations have been. We can talk about what our relationship has been. I’ve known him for three years, etc. How relevant is that if the decision you’re asking about is based on information and fact?”

[MAIOCCO: San Jose Police: 'The victim had visible injuries']

The 49ers lead the league in reported arrests since 2012, and Harbaugh said he takes responsibility for that inglorious statistic.

“I take it personal with our football team and take on a great responsibility and continue to emphasize the things that I think is good for our team,” Harbaugh said. “Will continue to that and continue to search for better ways to do that. I feel that’s my responsibility to do.

“I take full responsibility, the greatest share of responsibility for that. It’s my responsibility as the head football coach. Continue to do our very best. Speaking for myself, speaking for my coaches, speaking for our organization. That is our job, it is our responsibility and we’ll do our very best, as we have done. But our best needs to be better.”

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