Here’s what Steve Young said Monday about the way the 49ers have handled Ray McDonald.
If you can’t view the video, here’s a transcript.
YOUNG: “Fundamentally, if the league is going to have a no-tolerance policy for domestic abuse, if we’re going to be a global organization that’s going to have this as a perspective, we’ve got to back it up. We can’t be backed into it with a video with more coming out. We’ve got to take an affirmative stance about it.
“I saw what we did with the policy a couple weeks ago, but then Ray McDonald gets arrested and has physical bruising with his wife and felony domestic abuse, violence. Any company in this country, any big company, if that happens, they send you home. They might pay you, but you don’t play, you don’t come to work until we figure this out.
“You can see how this can get where you need to have, you need to take an affirmative position on it. You’ve got to have no tolerance about it and mean it. And then say, look, if something happens, if it’s faulty, if it’s a fraudulent assertion, then they’ll work it out over a few days or weeks and miss a couple games, OK. But we have got to have a policy that, if you get arrested for this, we’ll call you when we figure it out. But we’re going to call you from home. It just has to be that way our you’re not serious about it.
“I understand due process — that goes on. But every owner has abdicated in many ways the ability to discipline players to the commissioner. And I think in many ways you saw the team unilaterally work today. The Baltimore Ravens decided something. Every owner can decide this for themselves.”