Because, clearly, when a player is talented enough to be useful, such histories of violence against women are shrugged off, excused, explained away.
The teams will tell you they conducted extensive probes into the various cases, issued lie detector tests, scrutinized police reports, interviewed coaches and teammates and classmates and friends … and, of course, the players themselves.
Then they say, essentially, we trust him, we believe him, we can’t deny him a second chance, we can work with him, we can put him in a supportive environment … and, wow, he can really play.
Just as they always have with “character” concerns and “red flags” before 2014, and as they have since then.
As for Bowman, Lynch knows there’s “some question whether he’s a system fit” from outsiders. A 4-3 defense is being installed by new coordinator Robert Saleh, but Bowman has played inside linebacker in a 3-4 his entire standout seven-year NFL career in San Francisco.
Bowman also is coming off a torn Achilles tendon — his second major leg injury in a four-season span -— and turns 29 later this month. Plus, the 49ers set the stage to potentially phase-out Bowman by drafting Foster and signing ex-Oakland and Seattle starter Malcolm Smith to a five-year, $26.5 million contract Cheap Gaelic Jerseys in free agency.
According to spotrac.com, San Francisco can clear as much as $3.8 million in 2018 cap space while carrying $8.2 million in dead money by releasing or trading Bowman in the 2018 offseason.