SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have suspended running back Brandon Jacobs for the final three games following a series of posts on social media sites addressing his lack of playing time, including one during the weekend saying he was “on this team rotting away.”
The 49ers said Monday, about two hours after coach Jim Harbaugh’s news conference, that Jacobs had been disciplined.
Jacobs became increasingly verbal in his frustration via social media during the weekend over a lack of playing time.
Harbaugh declined to address Jacobs’ comments, even when asked whether Jacobs is still on the team. He said he was invoking his “fifth amendment” right.
The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while being active for only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1). He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the New York Giants and has called this his “worst” year.
Jacobs on Saturday said via Instagram that he is “on this team rotting away” while referring to his first season with the Niners as his “worst” yet during an eight-year career that included seven with the New York Giants.
In recent days, he posted a series of photos of himself playing for the Giants—and even a picture of his two Super Bowl championship rings, side by side.
“I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners,” Jacobs said. “This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”
The 30-year-old Jacobs has five carries for 7 yards while being active for only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1), who beat the Miami Dolphins 27-13 on Sunday.
Jacobs—inactive again with rookie LaMichael James active for the first time—has repeatedly referred any questions about his playing time to head coach Jim Harbaugh.
On Twitter later, Jacobs said: “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. … 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, hampered by a knee injury earlier this season, spends approximately 20 minutes before games punching the goal-post padding. He has said it is his way of dealing with the situation.
When asked after Sunday’s game about Jacobs’ comments, Harbaugh only said, “I have no comment for that.”
Last month, Jacobs posted advice on Twitter with a reference to never working “in a place where you hate your boss so much, you should always be happy at work” with a hash tag of “YouLiveAndYouLearn.”
His post came the same day Harbaugh was hospitalized for a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat.
Jacobs then said people shouldn’t “assume” his remarks were football-related, then followed up with more tweets—including one reading “football is not my life, people” and another saying, “Have you ever been in a spot and you wonder why are you there.”
Later, he posted that his tweets referred to his brother’s boss, who makes “him feel like he is the best thing since slice bread but when the budget is shot he is the first one get laid off, same with two other people I know.”
The 30-year-old Jacobs ran for 571 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a backup to Ahmad Bradshaw. He is the fourth-leading rusher in franchise history with 4,849 yards, but saw his role diminish with the emergence of Bradshaw and became increasingly disgruntled.
Now, he plays behind Frank Gore, Anthony Dixon and James.
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