Posted December 11, 2012

Brandon Jacobs will file grievance against 49ers after suspension

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs  plans to file a grievance against the team. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs plans to file a grievance against the team. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Hours after he learned the San Francisco 49ers would be suspending him for the remainder of the 2012 season, running back Brandon Jacobs plans to file a grievance against the team, USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reported.

Garafolo reported that Jacobs is aiming his grievance at one of three options — getting reinstated, receiving the rest of the money on his contract, or being released by the 49ers.

Jacobs earned a base salary of $950,000 this season. He would lose more than $167,000 if his suspension is upheld.

Jacobs was clearly unhappy with a diminished role in San Francisco, and had voiced his opinions through numerous rants on Twitter. His latest came on Saturday.

“I don’t understand why people are angry at me because I wanna do what I am paid to do, I am a competitive person, I think people should be mad if I didn’t wanna play, but I forgot the people that’s pissed they don’t have [an] athletic bone and their body. As for all of my Instagram photos I don’t have any niner pics, if you’ll find me some pics I’ll put them up.”

Jacobs, who was not active for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins, came to the 49ers in the offseason after spending seven seasons with the New York Giants. He played in only two games this season, rushing five times for seven yards.

On his Twitter account Monday night, Jacobs thanked everyone who had been supporting him throughout the day.

“Thank you all for all your support, I am doing wonderful it’s not a big deal things happen, I am strong enough to get through this, again thank all of you for your support,” Jacobs wrote.


I expect Jacobs will win this appeal. If a team could suspend a player for speaking his mind guys like TO wouldn't have lasted a season. Jacobs isn't refusing to play, in fact just the opposite. King Harbaugh clearly is getting panicky as he sees his crown slipping away. A beat down by the Pats and then the Seahawks could put the playoffs in jeopardy.


Just another reason why I loathe social media. Everyday someone is shooting their mouth off and getting into trouble. If Jacobs kept to himself, he would still be on the roster. If you're unhappy with your playing time, take it up with Jim Harbaugh. The team is trying to get into position for a playoff run and doesn't need somebody mucking up the works at this time.


They need to tell athletes that they are forbidden to use Twitter. It's a loaded gun, especially for celebrities with thousands of dummies following them hoping to touch fingers with them.


 @WilyCoyoteSuperGenius This is par for the course for Jacobs.  In case you didn't know, he was the third team tailback in college behind Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown; when he couldn't whine his way into more playing time, he transferred.  He complained and pouted about playing time for years with the Giants - go hit a Giant message board and get a feel for the prevalent opinion on him. 


Now, in the twilight of his career, he signs as an insurance policy - as a free agent - with a team loaded at running back.  He gets hurt in the preseason, and SURPRISE, his playing time isn't there. 


Shockingly, he complains about it.  Yet Harbaugh is somehow a bad guy for suspending him?