Trump grants clemency to former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

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By Shannon Pettypiece  with NBC News Politics
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Eddie DeBartolo Jr. speaks in the Hall of Fame press room at the the 5th annual NFL Honors on Feb. 6, 2016, in San Francisco.   -  Copyright  Jack Dempsey Invision for NFL/AP Images file

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed an executive order granting clemency to former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. related to a decades-old corruption charge, the White Houde said Tuesday.

The football icon pleaded guilty to a felony charge in 1998 related to a payment to former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards to help secure a casino license. DeBartolo Jr. had to pay a $1 million fine and was given two years probation in return for his testimony against the former Democratic governor.

DeBartolo was banned from the NFL for a year, and turned over control of the team to his sister in 2000. While he was the team's owner, the 49ers won five Super Bowls in 14 years.