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Jed York addresses Ray McDonald arrest for domestic violence

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49ers owner Jed York made an appearance on KNBR Tuesday morning to discuss Ray McDonald's recent arrest for felony domestic violence. He discussed his role and that of the organization in the handling of the situation.

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Fooch's Update: You can listen to KNBR audio, or read a transcript by Tim Kawakami.

Over the last ten days, there has been a lot of chatter about why Jed York has not spoken about the Ray McDonald situation. He appeared on KNBR this morning, and made his point fairly clear.

When asked about why he has not spoken, he said that the organization speaks with one voice. Whether Jim Harbaugh, Trent Baalke or he is the one speaking, it is the same message.

The hosts asked why the 49ers did not consider deactivating McDonald for last Sunday's game. York said he felt it was important to not judge somebody before charges are filed, or an investigation happens. He spoke to the issues of due process, in a similar fashion to what we've heard from Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke.

"I will not punish somebody until we see evidence something should be done or until an entire police investigation shows us something."

The hosts followed up by asking him about people saying York could have shown more leadership in this situation. York stated that, "I would much rather take shots to my reputation than to put somebody down and judge them before an entire investigation has taken place ... As a leader you need to make sure you're doing the right thing, not always the most popular thing. If you want to take shots at me and my reputation, I'm comfortable with that ... For me to look at myself in the mirror, if I'm going to punish somebody...before you can go through an entire legal process, an entire investigation, that's not who I am."

I'll keep an eye out for a full transcript or the audio when it is available.

This does not make the situation any easier, but at least we know Jed York understands the shots he is taking. The shots will continue to fly until this situation is resolved, and of course, that eventual resolution could very well lead to more shots if this ends poorly. We're left to wait and see. I think we see some decision from the police this week as to handing over the case for charges, but then we have to wait for the DA to decide on the next step.