Trump pardons Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

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Eddie DeBartolo Jr., the Hall of Fame former owner of the San Francisco 49ers, has been granted clemency for his 1998 felony conviction.

The White House informed reporters today that President Trump has signed an executive order granting clemency for DeBartolo.

In 1998 DeBartolo pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony for his role in the corruption case that sent former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards to prison for eight years. DeBartolo did not get any jail time, but the NFL forced him to cede control of the 49ers to his sister, Denise DeBartolo York, whose family still runs the team.

Despite the ugly ending to his tenure with the 49ers, DeBartolo was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016 and has been revered for his role in building the great 49ers dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s. He has long sought to rehabilitate his image, and today’s action by the White House is another step in that effort.

81 responses to “Trump pardons Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

  1. The only reason for the Niners dynastey was free agency and no cap….the Niners bought whatever they need to win. They out spent all other teams.

  2. Mafia connected. His father was as well….”construction” business. Father used his mob ties to get permits, variances and tax breaks along with blocking other developers from bidding on contracts.

  3. Another example of a POTUS out of control. He must have seen a report on his favorite news network decrying the mistreatment of DeBartolo. — 2021 & a new POTUS can’t arrive soon enough.

  4. To all the people complaining about trump. Google “bill clinton Orrin controversy”. He pardoned 16 terrorists. A little worse than pardoning DeBartolo.

  5. What would you expect Trump to do? There is honor among thieves. Plus it’s just Trumps Mob friends calling in another favor.

  6. He’ll order the NFL to reinstate DeBartolo as the principal owner of the 49ers.
    He’s the king. He can do that, right?

  7. Obama Pardoned the exact same type of White collar criminals there is a list or Pardons for each President if anyone cares to look. TDS is real

  8. The only reason for the Niners dynastey was free agency and no cap….the Niners bought whatever they need to win. They out spent all other teams.

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    Free agency started in 1993, after the Niners had won 4 of their 5 Super Bowls. Kind of annoying when FACTS get in the way of your opinions, doesn’t it?

  9. Bad news for the myopic but Trump will get re-elected. The Dems are offering nothing that the majority of the electorate can get behind. When the economy is humming it is almost impossible for the incumbent to lose, especially when all the new solutions involve huge spending increases.

  10. This helps deBartolo’s image in whose eyes? Psychopaths like Aubrey Huff? As far as I’m concerned & I’m sure most other law abiding citizens, one criminal pardoning another just reinforces that this guy* is a scumbag.

    *this guy= Any guy mentioned directly or indirectly in my statement

  11. If Trump actually had even a modicum of intelligence he’d order some simple things that would gain him tons of support. 1) Abolish daylight savings time and 2) Make the Monday after the Super Bowl a national holiday.

  12. It just dawned on me reading this story… are there ANY great, up-right, moral sports stars/celebrities roaming the Earth that don’t have skeletons and convictions in their closet? Any at all? …

  13. The “BEST” owner in professional sports history!!!
    Hired Bill Walsh, who constructed the super bowl winning teams.
    Eddie B, was known for caring & treating his players & team employees alllike family!!
    The team went to hell, after his sister became owner.

  14. Why are people so upset about this? Who cares? I’m fairly certain Pres Obama literally granted clemency to a convicted terrorist. And people are upset about DeBartolo? It’s almost like it’s blind, uninformed partisanship or something.

  15. “For my friends everything.
    For my enemies the law.”

    ~Óscar R. Benavides, President of Peru by coup,1913-1914

    When you get in bed with a despot, they do despotic things.

  16. Just rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic at this point. Issues that matter……until his ball rolls under the couch and has a tweet storm about it

  17. firejerry says:
    February 18, 2020 at 11:38 am

    The only reason for the Niners dynastey was free agency and no cap….the Niners bought whatever they need to win. They out spent all other teams.
    ……………………

    The Cowboys had the same opportunity … but you knew that , right ?

  18. thewizardsrevenge says:
    February 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    The positive comments for the President won’t really ramp up until people come home from work.>>>

    You mean like the farmers who are living on $28 Billion of federal welfare to compensate them on the Tariffs?

    Just the facts. That’s Socialism.

  19. TDS? No such thing. He’s just an idiot who suffered a small stroke and slurs his words. Worse president ever.

  20. Someone doing something bad does not absolve another of doing something bad. If your response to someone doing something bad is “…but so and so did..” then you are likely just trying to make excuses for the one you like instead of holding all of them accountable.

  21. The positive comments for the President won’t really ramp up until people come home from work.

    ___

    So, you must not have a job then since you’re able to post?

  22. Does that mean the He can buy the Browns now? I mean in hindsight if the NFL wouldn’ve known that Al Lerner wasn’t going to live very long after buying the team pretty sure Debartolo would have had at.

  23. metitometin says:
    February 18, 2020 at 11:44 am
    Trump would pardon Hitler if he were still alive.
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    For the right price!!!

  24. thewizardsrevenge says:
    February 18, 2020 at 12:18 pm
    The positive comments for the President won’t really ramp up until people come home from work.
    —————–
    Irony says hi.

  25. Putie told him to do it so Trump, as always, said “Yes Daddy!” Eddie must have promised Vlad one of his Niners SB rings.

  26. firejerry says:
    February 18, 2020 at 11:38 am
    The only reason for the Niners dynastey was free agency and no cap….the Niners bought whatever they need to win. They out spent all other teams.
    *******************************************************************
    When the 49ers won their first super bowl in 1981 they had the lowest payroll in the league. They didn’t outspend anybody. Then they continued to fill their roster with pro bowl players every year in the draft, with many of those pro bowlers coming in the middle rounds. Eddie’s teams were as well managed as they were coached. Eddie was very generous, as he is today with all his charity work, but he didn’t have to pay those players the way he did.

  27. Comments from people whose opinion actually matter:

    NFL greats including Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott, Charles Haley, and Jim Brown were on hand at the White House, expressing their support for DeBartolo, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016. “I take my hat off to Donald Trump for what he did,” Rice said, crediting DeBartolo for his former team’s success in the 1980s and 90s.

    “He wanted us to win and I think he’s the main reason why we won so many Super Bowls,” said Rice, who played on three of DeBartolo’s Super Bowl-winning teams.

    “I’m going to make it real simple,” Brown said. “Ed DeBartolo is a great man.”

    Brown spoke of his personal relationship with DeBartolo, calling him “a great, great friend of mine and to the league.”

  28. kevo126 says:
    February 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    To all the people complaining about trump. Google “bill clinton Orrin controversy”. He pardoned 16 terrorists. A little worse than pardoning DeBartolo.
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    Good grief, who cares about what Clinton did 20 years ago.
    The only argument Trump supporters have for this president is that he’s justified in doing anything because someone else, somewhere, did something just as bad.
    Trump pardons people that do him favors, or he owes, that’s the real crime.

  29. Im saddened by how ill informed most posters are. Trump did what Lincoln did. Saved the republic. Best president ever. No help from his own party. Long knives from the press. Longer from the pols(like there’s a lot of difference these days). True deep seated hatred from the ignorant. Obsma gave the Medal of freedom to Harvey Weinstein, Anthony Weiner and Bill Cosby. Friends with Weathermen leader and cop killer Bill Ayers. Google ” W.11 st Greenwich village bombing”. This is the guy who backed his run for president. I can overlook some of the ignorance as the media never tells the truth and is “Jate Trump” 24/7. GOD help us, and Thank YOU for Trump. It was a miracle what he overcame.

  30. The Trump supporters referred to are the 300 “bots” that get a notice that Trump’s name popped up here.

    The RNC Troll machine is nothing to be trifled with.

    Yeah… it’s difficult to be a historically Republican voter these days… Well, since 2011 actually.

  31. Cat quick, your mind is slow it’s Obama not Osama. You show your ignorance by tolerating this modern Benedict Arnold. He’s in bed with Putin wake up from your catnap maybe you sniffed too much catnip… 🐱

  32. marvin1958 says:
    February 18, 2020 at 2:28 pm
    The Trump supporters referred to are the 300 “bots” that get a notice that Trump’s name popped up here.

    The RNC Troll machine is nothing to be trifled with.

    Yeah… it’s difficult to be a historically Republican voter these days… Well, since 2011 actually.
    ——————————

    Funny when the leftists accuse real Americans of doing the exact things that they are doing. It’s literally in their propaganda playbook, “Rules For Radicals” by Saul Alinsky.

  33. Greenanxiety….thats not “Osama” thats “man hands”.(a typo) When you work hard all your life you tend to have big strong hands. You wouldn’t know anything about that.
    Im wide awake. Conscientious also. Tjat might be outside your purview as well.

  34. th56 says:
    February 18, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    kevo126 says:
    February 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm
    To all the people complaining about trump. Google “bill clinton Orrin controversy”. He pardoned 16 terrorists. A little worse than pardoning DeBartolo.
    +++
    So if my brother robs a bank, I should do the same? That’s in essence what you’re saying.

    There’s a reason I don’t get into politics. The tit-for-tat problems both sides do, which is what you just did.

  35. Youngstown native here. Mr. DeBartolo’s father may or may not have been the “reputed” mob boss of Y-town for decades and who may or may not have “laundered” ill-gotten gains through shopping malls and then through the purchase of the 49ers. It may all be hearsay of course. No one can prove anything (that we know of). It’s not hard to imagine some funds being exchanged for such a high-profile pardon, but no sane person would suggest such a thing.

  36. Cat quick, your hands might be strong but your mind is weak…. he owes Putin and it shows. You think trump has strong hands? He can barely read. Lay-off of that moonshine man…

  37. Hate Trump, but even a broken clock is right twice a day…

    Mr. D is a class act, who is well known to be a great boss to everyone from the janitors to the General Managers..If anything was needed or wanted by his franchise, he made sure they had it

  38. Trump has been on a pardoning jag recently. I guess he figured since he got away with some shady business, why shouldn’t the mob guy who got kicked out of the NFL get the same perk. Throw in the guy who helped Trump beat the Russian investigation and we’ve got something. Never been more embarrassed to be an American.

  39. To all the people complaining about trump. Google “bill clinton Orrin controversy”. He pardoned 16 terrorists. A little worse than pardoning DeBartolo.
    —–
    Ah, the old “two wrongs make a right” excuse. Who cares? Clinton isn’t our president nor will he ever be again. Not sure why some scumbag from the 90’s is always brought up as if it’s a justification for Trump’s horrid behavior.

  40. pkrlvr says:
    February 18, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    Never been more embarrassed to be an American.
    ————————————

    Don’t worry buddy, you only have 5 years left of your embarrassment. But then you might get Don Jr. so hang in there…

  41. The people saying you suffer from TDS are the masters of “whataboutism” and the same ones who still can’t let go of Hillary Clinton. Useful individuals Putin calls them.

  42. catquick says:
    February 18, 2020 at 2:15 pm
    Im saddened by how ill informed most posters are

    Then proceeds to spew regurgitated lies from memes he/she’s seeen on Facebook hahahahahaha

  43. Greenanxiety….it was the Dems who gave Putin access to 20% of OUR(not their) Uranium. No one was more susceptible to blackmail than the Dems. “Tell Vlad I’ll have more flexibility after the election”-Obama.
    Russia, Trump and Putin, Ukraine has been disproven in court.
    You slow mind misfired calling mine slow.
    Now, have at it. I’m done explaining common sense to someone whp has none.
    KAG

  44. Cat quick,
    WHere the heck did Uranium come from? Trump owes the Czar big time with his money laundering mafia like schemes going on. You are a fool to even mention the courts. Have you been following this? Holding emails, witnesses, voice testimony and Bolton’s book, I guess you were busy roping doggies and cleaning up tumbleweed…

  45. I’m not sure if I agree with the rash of pardons, but I do think that is fair to point out that not all of them were for white collar crimes. Several were for drug or theft related crimes.

    DeBartolo’s crimes may be more extensive than what he was convicted for, as white collar crimes usually go, but in his case the punishment did seem somewhat harsh for the scope of the offense (that is, the punishment from the NFL). Failing to report a felony, while serious, pales in comparison to what a few NFL players have done while still being granted permission to play in the league.

  46. There are 2 forms of justice in this country. Pardons, clemency or no charges at all for the rich and prison for the rest of us. I will never get a pardon that’s for sure.

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