Jim Harbaugh was interviewed on the Murph and Mac Show Tuesday morning. Here’s a transcript.
Q: How did you bring back Kassim Osgood?
HARBAUGH: If we make the decision to designate Glenn Dorsey as the player exemption to return then it would open up a spot.
Q: What’s it like having Alex Boone back on the team and is there any awkwardness given that he wasn’t around all offseason?
HARBAUGH: We saw Alex yesterday. He was here taking his physical and we got a chance to sit down and talk. We got through the awkwardness pretty quickly and we moved forward there. Like we talked about to Alex and to any football player, really – a football player will be known by his talent, his execution and his effort. That’s how any player gets known and that’s how Alex will be known going forward. Yeah, after the awkwardness we very quickly moved in to, “Hey, give me a hug, good to be back and let’s start playing some football.”
Q: Can he play on Sunday?
HARBAUGH: That decision hasn’t been made yet, but he could potentially play. He’s going to get back to practice today. We’ll make that decision later in the week.
Q: Is Ray McDonald in the building and will he practice with the team this week?
HARBAUGH: As you probably anticipated, there is not a lot that I’m going to be able to tell you about that. That’s, as you know, a legal matter, and it would be a disservice to talk about the details because I just don’t know.
Q: Do you know if he can practice with the team? Is that something you can answer?
HARBAUGH: Yeah, yes. There are going to be two principles in play here. One is – I’ll speak for myself, I’ll speak for the 49ers – we will not tolerate domestic violence. Second principle is going to be that we’re firm believers in due process and I ask for your understanding on those two principles.
Q: What is your moral philosophy about something like this? How repulsive is it for you and how much room do you have for forgiveness on something like this?
HARBAUGH: I’ll be very clear. You’re asking me how I feel about domestic violence and I can be very clear on that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, there is no understanding. There is no tolerance for that.
Q: Is it the kind of thing where you wouldn’t want a player like that on your team?
HARBAUGH: Yes, yes, we would not.
Q: Donte Whitner said if a player puts his hands on a woman than he is done in your book. Is that an accurate representation of you?
HARBAUGH: You don’t need a source to know how I feel. I’m strongly opposed to domestic violence or violence to children. Will not be tolerated. You don’t need to quote a source. I can tell you exactly and be perfectly clear how I feel about that.
Q: How much of this is going to affect the team’s preparation this week?
HARBAUGH: Well, I mean, like I said at the beginning. This is a legal matter. I’m not here to tell you what happened because I don’t know. I think we all owe, to everybody involved, the ability for due process to take place. All of the questions that you could ask me, I understand why you’re asking but this is a process that has to be conducted, has to be concluded and then we’ll be in a better place and time to have this discussion and/or make judgements.