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Signing Perrish Cox seems out of character for Jim Harbaugh

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Former Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox, less than two weeks removed from being acquitted of rape charges, is back in the NFL, as a member of the 49ers.  In short, Cox denied to police having sex with a woman who claimed she was violated after she passed out.  But the woman was pregnant, and Cox’s DNA matched the DNA of the fetus.

Setting aside for now whether a “second chance” (it’s not really a second chance if the guy was never convicted) meshes with the privilege of playing in the NFL, the question is whether the 49ers or any other team should be comfortable doing business with a player who denied to police having sex with a woman who ended up pregnant with his child.

Some teams (like the 49ers) are fine with that.  Others surely wouldn’t be.  The question for now is how coach Jim Harbaugh will reconcile this move with his general attitude toward the subject of players who find trouble off the field.

“He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women,” safety Donte Whitner said earlier this year.  “If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book.  So other than putting your hands on women, you can do anything and come talk to him, and it’s true.”

If that’s true, why would Harbaugh want a guy who denied to police having sex with a woman who ended up pregnant with his child?

It makes even less sense that pairing up Randy Moss with Alex Smith.

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59 Responses to “Signing Perrish Cox seems out of character for Jim Harbaugh”
  1. melikefootball says: Mar 13, 2012 2:48 PM

    Hairbaughis trying to get some bad guys on the team. Moss and now Cox to go along with his demeanor.

  2. danielcp0303 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    Maybe he didn’t use his hands

  3. daspyknows says: Mar 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    Don’t like either move. Not players the 49ers should be signing. Technically he didn’t put his hand on the woman but he is a slimeball the team doesn’t need

  4. cletusvandam says: Mar 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    As a 49ers fan this bothers me, maybe Harbaugh isn’t the guy he want’s us to think he is.

  5. webehighrollin says: Mar 13, 2012 2:50 PM

    Haters gonna hate. Ballers gonna ball.

  6. japdouds says: Mar 13, 2012 2:52 PM

    Cox was charged with rape, denied sex with the girl, and DNA proved he was the baby daddy.

    How many games will Goodell suspend Cox for? Precedent says you get 6 games for accusations of rape with no charges being filed. Cox should get at least 6 games right?

  7. bisugadaddy says: Mar 13, 2012 2:53 PM

    All this fourty niner hate in one hour. Coulnd’t ask for any better! Bazoom

  8. elmobad says: Mar 13, 2012 2:54 PM

    any suspension for this guy? common Godell, keep it fair..

  9. bigdan7885 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    I wish this guy’s Cox would Perrish.

  10. riverhorsey says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    Maybe you need to reconsider Harbaugh’s behavior after the Detroit incident. His character is not that sparkling but the press gives him a pass.

  11. marvin49 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    SMH. I will never condone putting your hands on a woman, but appearantly its “Harbaugh is an idiot” day at PFT.

    I guess that 13-3 record last year wasn’t enought to prove that maybe Baalke and Harbaugh have a clue.

    Imagine my shock when I heard that the Niners signed a professional athlete who lied about having sex and fathered a child. Surely that can’t be true.

    The guy was aquitted. Bottom Line. I guess that doesn’t mater tho…accusation is now enough to convict in the court of public opinion.

  12. tombradysponytail says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    “If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book”

    ——

    Well, maybe he didn’t use his hands…

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    If that’s true, why would Harbaugh want a guy who denied to police having sex with a woman who ended up pregnant with his child?
    ________________________

    There was no proof she became pregnant that night.
    I’m telling you they made that whole story up because she was messing around with Cox behind Thomas’ back. She made it up as an excuse because she got pregnant.
    She only screamed rape when she found out the child was Cox’s.

    People to quick to jump to the woman’s side need to think about the Duke Lacrosse case.

  14. webehighrollin says: Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM

    Oh BTW..he didn’t HIT the woman. He had sex with her, and he got acquitted of rape. So zip it SON. Enjoy the show. SIX BABY

  15. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Mar 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    More puzzling is how he isn’t convicted of anything at all after a DNA match. I mean, lying to the police at least. Got to love the justice system.

  16. Soulman45 says: Mar 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    frist to say
    I will say anything as long as I win even LIE.

    From
    Lie To Me

  17. kismyanus says: Mar 13, 2012 2:56 PM

    the countdown on the 49ers season going thermonuclear has begun. This is going to be a disaster.

  18. amgdds says: Mar 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    What Harbaugh meant was “Men, in San Francisco you’re only allowed to put your hands on other Men. “

  19. Nevis says: Mar 13, 2012 2:57 PM

    Cox might not even make the final roster. They are clearly taking a page from the Patriots with guys like Moss, Cox, etc.

    Conform, or gone.

  20. kmart0319 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:00 PM

    Isn’t Harbaugh the one who slapped Schwartz?

  21. medtxpack says: Mar 13, 2012 3:01 PM

    49ers should be fun to watch. Could you imagine Singletary still in charge of those guys?! ha

  22. adlent says: Mar 13, 2012 3:01 PM

    For the right price and/or talent level, any NFL team will be “okay” with a player. Even the Steelers with the honorable Rooney family have hung onto Roethlisberger through two accusations of sexual assault.

  23. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    uhhhh…maybe it wasn’t a women at all, but a “post-op” trans with full, working reproduction organs?

    Donte could have been confused and Harbs will telling him not give them a hand, like with chores around the house. Harbs might be a member of the No MA’AM (founded by Al Bundy) chapter of Silicon Valley and was just letting him know his basic ground rules.

  24. brooklynniner19 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:03 PM

    “It makes even less sense that pairing up Randy Moss with Alex Smith.”

    Get over it loser! You will be hearing a lot of Alex to Moss this season buddy !! NFC west CHAMPS!!

  25. stairwayto7 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:06 PM

    Where is the 4 game suspension Goodell????

  26. Nevis says: Mar 13, 2012 3:07 PM

    riverhorsey says:
    Mar 13, 2012 2:55 PM
    Maybe you need to reconsider Harbaugh’s behavior after the Detroit incident. His character is not that sparkling but the press gives him a pass.

    —————————

    Oh good lord, another genius complaining about Schwartz getting too hard of a hand shake? Give me a break.

    Schwartz is the one who turned it into a scene, that’s all there is to it.

  27. sudz28 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:08 PM

    Jim “Rex Ryan” Harbaugh is a drama queen, willing to do whatever it takes to get/keep his name in the paper.

  28. jel290 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:09 PM

    Only thing he told police was that he didnt have sex with her that night. He did readily produce DNA tht matched the baby but that doesn’t imply rape – only that they had sex at some point. It was the DA’s job to prove rape occurred. He couldn’t. Like it or not cox is innocent bc he couldnt be proven guilty. As a Denver fan I can say he was solid and would have made the team in 2011 if it weren’t for this. So I think sf got a great deal. Guy will be supremely motivated

  29. radrntn says: Mar 13, 2012 3:12 PM

    what is this guy thinking….self destructing a great team that singletary built.

  30. realfann says: Mar 13, 2012 3:13 PM

    Cox denied having sex with her ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION.

    The court agreed so they aquitted him.

    He didn’t say he had never had sex with her on any occasion.

    Jeesh this site is retarded sometimes.

  31. derrick285 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:13 PM

    His denial to police makes him a liar and not a rapist.

  32. cashisking4life says: Mar 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    trying to sign player that match the classlessness of the SF 49ers fans. 49ers are soon to be the new raiders!!! Just look at all the shootings, gang violence, and beatings that have taken place there. The Giants and 49ers fans are a bunch of degenerates as of lately. Its a shame to see the SF fans and organization fall the way they have. hopefully they can turn it around and leave that sh*t in Oakland!!

  33. ramfanaz says: Mar 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    All they Niner fans who support this move, what if it was your sister? Or Daughter, you seriously OK with this kind of person???

  34. kane337 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    The beginning of the downfall in the Jim Harbaugh era.

  35. r8rsfan says: Mar 13, 2012 3:23 PM

    Moss, Cox – go out and sign Lawrence Phillips and you’ll have the full set! Oh wait, SF already did that…….

  36. cali49er707 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:27 PM

    bisugadaddy says:
    Mar 13, 2012 2:53 PM
    All this fourty niner hate in one hour. Coulnd’t ask for any better! Bazoom

    success brings haters – jealousy is horrible thing my friend!!!!

  37. steelerfanjo says: Mar 13, 2012 3:30 PM

    Harbaugh is a jerk. Remember the thing about the Harbaughs – they will do anythign to win. Brother emplosy Ray Lewis, and now Jim has signed two morons in Moss & Cox. This is not unusual. The media fell in love with these two jerks last year, and now we are seeing what I told you guys all along. harbaughs are cry baby jerks

  38. kungfubillysims says: Mar 13, 2012 3:31 PM

    I love it! Keep bringing these idiots in. The Lions are going to roll you next season in the bay.

  39. aubreywilliamsjr says: Mar 13, 2012 3:34 PM

    Everyone makes mistakes. The dude can ball and he was acquitted.

    This is a non-story.

  40. hooterdawg says: Mar 13, 2012 3:39 PM

    I wouldn’t doubt that some people have paid a PI to shadow certain people to catch dirt on them. Payback is a muthuh…

  41. nineroutsider says: Mar 13, 2012 3:40 PM

    ramfanaz says: Mar 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    All they Niner fans who support this move, what if it was your sister? Or Daughter, you seriously OK with this kind of person???
    ————————————————-
    Good point, but we really don’t know what happened. I know there a bunch of sleazy women preying on these guys, just like any other rich guy, so it’s hard to say.

    But, generally speaking, no he’s not my type of guy. Maybe he just needs a second chance…someone has to do it.

  42. keepthisrealbro says: Mar 13, 2012 3:41 PM

    Looks like the Haters Gonna Hate tour is coming back for year 2. People questioned Harbs and management last year for not making the big splashes…. look how that turned out last year.

    IN HARBS I TRUST

  43. citynative says: Mar 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 13, 2012 3:30 PM
    Harbaugh is a jerk. Remember the thing about the Harbaughs – they will do anythign to win. Brother emplosy Ray Lewis, and now Jim has signed two morons in Moss & Cox. This is not unusual. The media fell in love with these two jerks last year, and now we are seeing what I told you guys all along. harbaughs are cry baby jerks

    – - – - – - – - -

    Very interesting coming from a Steeler fan. Wasn’t Big Ben in legal trouble….twice? Cox was acquitted too. Don’t you continue to employ James Harrison? Didn’t Hines Ward get a DUI? Wasn’t Joey Porter involved a shooting while on the Steelers? Santonio Holmes?

    I guess when its your team its ok.

  44. pacificamjr says: Mar 13, 2012 3:45 PM

    Tiki is flabbergasted cuz Harbaugh is normall so classy!

    7-9

  45. mikeinsanfran says: Mar 13, 2012 3:46 PM

    Cox’ position coach in Denver was Ed Donatell. Cox’s position coach in San Francisco is now….. wait for it, Ed Donatell. They have full knowledge of what they are getting in this guy.

  46. theysone says: Mar 13, 2012 3:49 PM

    Regardless of whether or not he raped the woman, he’s still a scumbag. Do not want this guy on the team.

  47. franklamar17 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:51 PM

    The man was found not guilty……yes he lied about sleeping with her,but that does not mean he raped her…known of us was there,so there are two sides to every story…What would you say if your wife caught you walking out of a hotel,and she runs up to you and says,did you just have sex with her?aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh no!and then the lady comes up( preg )Its called being human,we don’t always make the right decesion when we are under the gun…

  48. mjkelly77 says: Mar 13, 2012 3:52 PM

    Hairbow must be desperate to win, signing guys who lack character. What a phoney poosy he is.

  49. 1phd says: Mar 13, 2012 3:56 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Mar 13, 2012 3:30 PM
    Harbaugh is a jerk. Remember the thing about the Harbaughs – they will do anythign to win. Brother emplosy Ray Lewis, and now Jim has signed two morons in Moss & Cox. This is not unusual. The media fell in love with these two jerks last year, and now we are seeing what I told you guys all along. harbaughs are cry baby jerks
    —————————————
    Proof positive that lingering butt hurt can pop up like a bad case of hemorrhoids.

  50. corvaninerfan says: Mar 13, 2012 3:58 PM

    Do you like ANYTHING the Niners have done? Cheez, man, you need to get real. WRT Moss and Alex Smith, I don’t know what your issue is, really. Alex hasn’t had a downfield receiver since Antonio Bryant, with whom he had good chemistry. What makes you or anyone think the same thing can’t happen w/Moss? Give these guys a break and let them actually play (what a concept) before you condemn them. As for Cox, he’s been acquitted of any crimes. GM Baalke and his staff have done due diligence to insure he’s got his head screwed on straight and they’re confident that’s the case. Again, give Cox a chance. They didn’t sign him to be an immediate starter…if they don’t re-sign Rogers then it’s likely Chris Culliver will step into the starting CB spot opposite Tarrel Brown. Harbaugh has confidence in CC.

  51. bossplayer213 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:08 PM

    Maybe he was passed out and she raped HIM.

  52. uberniner says: Mar 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    Cox is a 20 year old kid. Kids do stupid things. The big question is whether he is truly trying to turn his life around?

    If he is a good person (who did stupid things), you can try to help him. If he proves not to be a good person, his career will be over, but if he proves OK, you have just helped another human being make a good life.

    Didn’t you ever do something stupid?

  53. sizvampire55 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:16 PM

    Woah woah woah, maybe this was a virgin mary sort of situation.

  54. milburg2 says: Mar 13, 2012 4:20 PM

    The woman said that she had 21 drinks and did not remember what happened that night. She only reported the rape once she discovered that she was pregnant and came to the conclusion that she was raped. Cox also could have blacked out that night or maybe he had sex with her another time. The story has always seemed fishy. Even so, there wasn’t enough evidence to convict the man. He was found not guilty and deserves to get his life back on track.

  55. nasirsnotions says: Mar 13, 2012 4:24 PM

    acquit (verb): to declare officially that somebody is not guilty of a charge.

  56. moseszd says: Mar 13, 2012 4:24 PM

    The whole case smells like (a) semi-paranoid black man who understands how justice works for black men in America and (b) a couple of drunken idiots cheating on their dates…

    And from the acquittal, I’m guessing the 12-man, not-hung jury agrees with something along those lines…

  57. moseszd says: Mar 13, 2012 4:30 PM

    ramfanaz says:Mar 13, 2012 3:16 PM

    All they Niner fans who support this move, what if it was your sister? Or Daughter, you seriously OK with this kind of person???

    My daughter didn’t go out on her 21st birthday and drink 21-alcoholic drinks then brag about it… My daughter doesn’t go to bars and get so drunk she can’t even remember walking to the apartment…

    The only thing I see here are a couple of clowns who got totally pished and one ended up pregnant. After that point everything else is simply “story time.”

    So, since I wasn’t on the JURY, and he was ACQUITTED, I have to go with INNOCENT. Because that’s what 12-people who heard all the evidence agreed to… And if you want a different kind of justice system, try Saudi Arabia or Iran… Because they have the kind you seem to like — guilty, kill them…

  58. nasirsnotions says: Mar 13, 2012 4:31 PM

    As a 49ers fan this bothers me, maybe Harbaugh isn’t the guy he want’s us to think he is.

    —————————————————————

    Really? This bothers you? Please elaborate. And I’m not trying to be sarcastic or funny. I’m also a 49ers fan and I love this move.

  59. ahs2 says: Mar 13, 2012 5:15 PM

    uberniner says:
    Mar 13, 2012 4:14 PM
    Cox is a 20 year old kid. Kids do stupid things. The big question is whether he is truly trying to turn his life around?

    If he is a good person (who did stupid things), you can try to help him. If he proves not to be a good person, his career will be over, but if he proves OK, you have just helped another human being make a good life.

    Didn’t you ever do something stupid?
    ________________________________

    I would classify this a little more severe than young kids doing stupid things. Underage drinking qualifies, vandalism qualifies, breaking curfew qualifies, shoplifting qualifies….sticking yourself into an unconscious woman, impregnating her and then leaving her to deal with this lifelong commitment is something else entirely….give me a break!!!!!

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