Brandon Jacobs never fit in with the San Francisco 49ers, and the former New York Giants running back let his disenchantment be known via social media. The team was disenchanted with Jacobs, too, and so it suspended him over the last three regular-season games, ending a horrific stint with the club.
Jacobs will appeal the fine ask the team to release or reinstate him, according to USA Today.
This is the post that got Jacobs suspended: “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.”
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.”
The 49ers provided no explanation for why Jacobs had been disciplined, but it was obvious.
A source told USA Today Sports that Jacobs would only want to play for his old team, the Giants.
On Monday night, Jacobs posted on Twitter: “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.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday declined to address Jacobs’ earlier comments, even when asked whether Jacobs was 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 playing in only two games with the NFC West-leading Niners (9-3-1). He spent his first seven NFL seasons with the Giants and has called this his “worst” year — though he knew he was joining a crowded backfield that features three-time Pro Bowler Frank Gore as one of the faces of the franchise.
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.
Jacobs, hampered by a left 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.
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.