Last week former 49ers linebacker and radio color commentator Gary Plummer was fired and replaced with another former player, defensive back Eric Davis. At the time there was not much information given for the firing but in recent days what really went down has trickled out. During Super Bowl weekend this year Plummer went on a podcast show called Lady Brain which describes itself as a “a sex and relationships show” and did not hold back with what he had to say about his and former players relationships with fans and groupies. I attempted to find the podcast online to repost here but to no avail. However here are some of the highlights:
- Plummer talked in detail about his open marriage at the time and how best to give oral sex.
- While with the team Plummer said 49ers staff used to line up women for players and would even go into the stands during games to get female fans’ phone numbers.
- According to Plummer a player once had sex with a groupie at the back of the teams bus as the player’s wife and family were at the front of the bus.
While this may be alarming for some fans did it deserve the firing he received after doing great commentary for the 49ers since 1998? The answer is no because according to Plummer it was only half the reason:
“But it’s not the sole reason for the firing. They talked to me four or five times during the year about being too hard on the team, and they needed to fill the stadium. I don’t think that’s my job as an analyst. My job is to state the facts, and the team was 0-5, and three players had quit and they had fired their offensive coordinator. And fans had a right to know why.”
The 49er Faithful could have swallowed the firing had it been for the podcast but to say that was only half the reason and that Plummer was possibly affecting attendance at home games is ridiculous. I wonder if calling in Plummer “four or five times” during the year to not be so hard with his commentary was a decision that reached all the way up to team president Jed York. If it was not York’s decision I am sure the news that Plummer would be fired made its way up to him. It is amazing that half the reason for Plummer’s firing was because he was too hard on the team. At least he was telling it like he saw it as oppose to trying to sugarcoat it so more fans would attend. Note to York and the other higher ups: The reason for low attendance has to do with terrible player decisions and coaching hires, the consistent losing, consistent increasing of ticket prices and the inexperience of running an NFL franchise. Also trying to move the 49ers out of San Francisco might have a little to do with the attendance drop as oppose one of the commentaries being too tough on the players and coaches.