Brandon Jacobs vs. Jim Harbaugh? This one is a no-brainer.
The San Francisco 49ers suspended Jacobs, the former New York Giants running back they signed in March, for the final three regular-season games because of a series of insubordinate “take this job and shove it” social-media posts about his lack of playing time. Jacobs, who said he was “on this team rotting away,” is unlikely to return for the playoffs.
Harbaugh declined to talk about the move, invoking a constitutional right when asked if Jacobs was still on the team. “I’ll go with the Fifth Amendment. I have no comment on that.”
Jacobs was busy exercising First Amendment rights as he spoke out about his frustrations and tweeted pictures of his two Super Bowl rings from his Giants days.
“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said in an Instagram post Saturday. “This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”
He drew a fair amount of anger from 49ers fans and tweeted: “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 [angry] they don’t have a 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 could frequently be seen taking out his frustration before games by punching the goal-posts — for minutes on end. Last month, he tweeted:
Never work in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work.#YouLiveAndYouLearn
— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboy45) November 15, 2012
Yep, Jacobs and the Niners are a bad fit. Jacobs, Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury-News writes, is “a social-media star, an outlier personality, a tempestuous test-case stuck in the 49ers’ tranquil seas.” More from Kawakami:
Essentially, Jacobs took on Jim Harbaugh via social media, and everybody who saw Jacobs’ comments had to wonder what Harbaugh would do about it and when he would do it.
Exactly how far can a little-used 49ers player go in the Kingdom of Harbaugh?
Answer: As far as Jacobs went, and then … squash.
Now let’s see what the locker room reaction is to the 49ers’ suspension of Jacobs for the final three games of the regular season.
But knowing Harbaugh’s control of this team, I expect barely a peep.
It’s just the natural order of a winning team: The coach prevails, the locker room follows, and the bristling player is cast out.
The Niners chose to suspend Jacobs rather than releasing him and seeing him possibly sign with an opponent. The suspension, ESPN’s Andrew Brandt reports, will cost him about $168,000. On Monday night, with Harbaugh mum, Jacobs had the last word, tweeting:
“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. #IWILLBEBACK.”