Lisa DeBartolo tweets, deletes columns critical of the 49ers

Lisa DeBartolo, the daughter of Hall of Fame former San Francisco 49ers Eddie, is a fan of local columnists Lowell Cohn and Ann Killion.

The same cannot be said about her feelings regarding her cousin, Niners CEO Jed York.

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Chronicle sports columnist Ann Killion was critical of the way the 49ers have been run under Jed York. Lisa DeBartolo linked to her most recent piece on Tuesday. (Courtesy Twitter.)

Lisa DeBartolo tweeted a link to Cohn’s Santa Rosa Press-Democrat blog, titled “Jed York has to go” that leads to his most recent Niners column. Shortly thereafter, DeBartolo linked to Killion’s piece for the Chronicle, which argues “Losing has become 49ers’ new normal.”

Both are strongly stated stories that are in no way complimentary of York’s leadership of the team. Cohn calls for York to step down for the good of the franchise, and Killion describes the operation as a “tire fire.” So, it’s telling that a DeBartolo would share them with her nearly 2,000 followers.

She deleted the posts within two hours of putting them online, but as anyone familiar with the Internet knows, screenshots last forever.

It’s the first time the DeBartolos have publicly rebuked York for poor stewardship of one of the NFL’s most recognizable teams.

Eddie stood up for his nephew in August at the Hall of Fame induction when he told the Examiner’s Art Spander: “Jed’s had his knocks. But he had a team in the Super Bowl. I was a little bit different from Jed growing up. I had more of a street sense. I was raised different. But Jed will be fine. I made mistakes along the way. The biggest was trading Charles Haley. We would have won at least one more Super Bowl if we kept him.”

Expect an apology to be forthcoming from Lisa, but the damage has been done in terms of public perception.

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