Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr. - FOX34 Lubbock

Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal.

DeBartolo Jr. built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-'90s dynasty. He was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history.

In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license.

The White House announced the surprise decision on Tuesday. NFL 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.

 

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