Plummer says 49ers cited racy interview in firing


Plummer says 49ers cited racy interview in firing

April 13, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE49ERS PAGE 49ERS VIDEOMatt MaioccoCSNBayArea.comGary Plummer believes his direct talk about the 49ers got him into trouble with the organization. But he was not fired as the 49ers' radio analyst until the team learned of his candid and explicit interview about sex."They had come to me four times during the season to ask me to go easier on them -- that was I was being too harsh on the team," Plummer told CSN Bay Area on Wednesday. "So I don't think I would've been with the team past 2011 anyway."Plummer was fired with one year remaining on his contract and he said the club cited his racy interview on "Lady Brain," a podcast and radio program that covers relationships, sex and body issues.
Plummer said he spoke with co-hosts Stephanie Walton and Lauren Schiller for 1 hour, 40 minutes for a podcast that went out after the Super Bowl. Excerpts from the interview later aired on KSJO 92.3-FM. "Lady Brain" bills itself as "The most candid show on the radio."And Plummer, 51, did not hold back.He spoke in graphic detail about his marital advice to his brother and his own divorce. Plummer, who played for the 49ers from 1994 to '97, recounted how some 49ers teammates got team employees to get phone numbers of female fans during games. He told of how one teammate had a sexual encounter after one road game behind a team bus while his family members were nearby.After Deadspin.com on Tuesday posted a nine-minute excerpt from Plummer's interview, the 49ers declined to get into specifics of why Plummer was fired.Bob Sargent, the 49ers' director of broadcasting, told CSN Bay Area on Monday the change was made in the booth because new analyst Eric Davis is "a better fit.""The 49ers thank Gary for his services to the organization as a player and as a broadcaster," spokesman Bob Lange said. "We wish him all the best."The sides are believed to be in the process of negotiating a settlement. Meanwhile, Plummer expects to be broadcasting college games this fall."For me, I grew up in the Bay Area, loved the 49ers -- always have, always will," Plummer said. "But this is a different ownership group than the one we all grew up with. And it's their right to do what they want with their team."But I do consider it to be the fans' game. And they do deserve honesty and the truth. And I know I did that for them."

49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong


49ers issue statement regarding incident involving Foster, Armstrong

Late Tuesday afternoon, a report surfaced stating that 49ers linebackers were involving an incident outside a club early on Monday morning.

The 49ers have issued a statement regarding the matter:

Mission Local is reporting that Foster and Armstrong were at Love and Propaganda near Union Square in San Francisco when they noticed a car circling the club. They reportedly asked security to escort them to their car at which point the car in question pulled up next to their car. two men jumped out of the car carrying an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to the report, Foster and Armstrong took off running and ended up at the St. Francis hotel where they promptly called police. Neither was injured in the incident.

Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'


Jeff Garcia was frustrated by Brian Hoyer: 'I kept waiting...'

Former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia liked what he saw from rookie C.J. Beathard, who replaced benched starter Brian Hoyer on Sunday.

“It looks like he has that physical and mental toughness,” said Garcia, now an analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area on the latest 49ers Insider Podcast.

“That’s the thing you like to see out of a quarterback, to be a leader, to demonstrate what it’s all about and get everybody on board following him, and to play hungry, to play intense, to demand perfection out of yourself, to want to make every play.”

With Beathard taking over at quarterback, the 49ers rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie the game in the third quarter. He also bought time with his legs to escape the pocket and throw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson in the closing minutes to give the 49ers an opportunity for a last-second win.

However, the 49ers lost their fifth consecutive game by three points or less with a 26-24 loss at Washington.

Beathard played with a sense of purpose and urgency Garcia said he did not see from Hoyer, who is playing for his seventh team in nine NFL seasons.

“I kept waiting for Brian to be that guy and he just wasn’t,” Garcia said. “That’s what frustrated me about Brian. Here he had a great opportunity to come in and be a starter and secure a position and take hold of a position for, really, the first time in his career.

“In retrospect, maybe he just is who he is, and that’s why he’s played for so many teams, and that’s why he’s never been considered a full-time starter or 'the guy' in the National Football League.”

Garcia added, “He left a door open, a window open, for another guy to step in and take advantage of it, and that’s what C.J. did. He was very opportunistic on Sunday in stepping onto the field and immediately having an impact.”