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President Trump pardons ex-49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.

DeBartolo Jr. pleaded guilty in 1998 to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards for a riverboat gambling license.
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In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

President Donald Trump has pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal. 

DeBartolo Jr. built the San Francisco 49ers' 1980s-'90s dynasty. He was involved in one of the biggest owners' scandals in the sport's history. 

In 1998, he pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid $400,000 to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards in exchange for a riverboat gambling license. 

The White House announced the surprise decision to reporters Tuesday. 

A handful of NFL legends were in attendance for the announcement, including Jerry Rice and Jim Brown. 

DeBartolo's sister took controlling ownership of the 49ers in 2001 and her family now runs the team, according to Forbes, who said DeBartolo's net worth is $2.6 billion.