49ers 1997 NFL Defensive Player Of The Year Dana Stubblefield Charged With Rape Of Disabled Woman


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According to CSN Bay Area, former San Francisco 49ers DT Dana Stubblefield was charged Monday with the rape of a disabled woman, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced.

Stubblefield, 45, faces five felony counts related to the alleged assault, according to the DA’s office. The alleged incident happened on April 9, 2015 at Stubblefield’s residence in Morgan Hill, California. That is where the alleged victim, 32, had been asked to interview for a nanny job.

“This was a crime of violence against a vulnerable victim,” prosecutor Tim McInerny said in a statement. “She was looking for a job and she was unconscionably assaulted.”

Stubblefield was booked into jail on Monday after an investigation that lasted nearly 13 months according to 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. Bail has been set at $250,000. The date of his arraignment at the South County Courthouse in Morgan Hill will be set within 24 hours, according to the DA’s office.

Stubblefield played 11 seasons in the NFL while being named the 1993 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. That year he would record 10.5 sacks while then pairing with DT Bryant Young one-year later en route to winning the 49ers’ fifth Super Bowl. In 1997, Stubblefield was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after registering a career-high 61 tackles, 15.0 sacks and 3 forced fumbles.

That off-season the 49ers and Stubblefield couldn’t agree on a long-term extension. As a result the 49ers parted ways with Stubblefield, as he signed a lucrative contract with Washington. Despite Washington having ‘Big Daddy’ DT Dan Wilkinson commanding consistent double-teams, Stubblefield never endured the on-field success he had when paired with BY.

Stubblefield worked the 2014 season as a 49ers analyst on CSN Bay Area while also lending a helping hand on Valley Christian High School’s football team.


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