Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr

Tanya Simon
February 18, 2020

The White House announced Tuesday that President Trump is granting a full pardon to former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., who was convicted of failing to report a bribe to the former governor of Louisiana when he pleaded guilty in 1998.

DeBartolo, 73, who owned the 49ers between 1977 and 2000, was charged in the 1998 case involving former congressman and Louisiana Gov.

Although DeBartolo paid $1 million in penalties and served two years of probation, he avoided prison altogether.

National Football League great Jerry Rice played on three of DeBartolo's Super Bowl-winning teams and says DeBartolo "was like that 12th man" of the great 49ers teams. Pastor Darrell Scott, an informal adviser to Trump, said at the White House that the pardon concerned "transgressions of years ago".

'Eddie was like that 12th man that was on that football field. And that's the reason why I think we won so many championships, ' Rice said.

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Former NFL players Jerry Rice, Jim Brown, Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley met with Trump regarding the pardon for DeBartolo, that was announced at the White House with Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley.

The big picture: Under DeBartolo's ownership, the 49ers won five Super Bowls, establishing a dynasty during the 1980s and 1990s. "So today is a great day for him". It's just something I will never forget. The documents included an "unexecuted agreement" between DeBartolo and Stephen Edwards, according to a copy of a grand jury subpoena obtained by the newspapers.

The state gambling board canceled the project after DeBartolo withdrew.

The DeBartolo family built their fortune through commercial real estate - mostly owning shopping malls. And I think he's the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls. He gave the team over to his sister and never returned as the team's owner.

The owner gained a reputation as a "players' owner" who "created a first-class atmosphere and infused the roster with talent", the Hall of Fame, based in OH, said on its website.

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