49er star stops coaching

November 2, 2009 8:06:30 PM PST
Former San Francisco 49er great Dana Stubblefield has stepped down from his coaching duties at a San Jose high school after the ABC7 I-Team reported his former fiancée has obtained a restraining order against him.

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Stubblefield was given no choice. The president of Valley Christian High School told ABC7 he watched the I-Team report and knew he had to "err on the side of caution" for his students. He sent a letter to parents over the weekend saying Stubblefield is no longer coaching because of the accusations against him.

I-Team: Restraining order against 49er great Dana Stubblefield

Officials at Valley Christian stood behind the 49er great when he was sentenced this February for lying about his steroid use to federal investigators in the BALCO case and allowed him to remain defensive line coach for the varsity football team. But he has stepped down with these latest accusations from his former fiancée.

Melanie Wade, 26, obtained a restraining order against Stubblefield in August, saying she is "fearful for her life."

"He would lock me in and not let me leave the house, and tell me threats, like, 'I'm not done with you 'til you're 6 feet under,' like 'I'm the only man you're going to be with,'" Wade said.

LINK: Wade's restraining order against Stubblefield

Wade says Stubblefield would call repeatedly until she changed her number, that he forged her signature to have her mail forwarded to his house and that he chased her down with his Chevy Suburban one night last year as she rode her bike home from work.

"And he bumped me off my bike and I went forward and I got cut up and bruises and got back on my bike and continued to go home," she said.

Clifford Daugherty, the president of Valley Christian sent a letter to parents over the weekend saying, "Dana Stubblefield is not coaching at VCS in view of current allegations. VCS remains committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of the students ... we will not condone anything that even potentially compromises this commitment."

LINK: Read the letter sent to Valley Christian parents

Stubblefield declined to be interviewed for our report last week; his lawyer Dan Nicholson sent an e-mail saying, "We deny the allegations contained in the restraining order request, but in the interests of privacy and closure, we decline to make a statement."

Stubblefield and his lawyer also did not return calls for comment Monday. Stubblefield and Wade are scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County family court on Wednesday, as Wade tries to extend the restraining order to five years.

I-TEAM BLOG: Stubblefield loses coaching job

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