McDonald arrested on suspicion of domestic violence

McDonald arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
August 31, 2014, 8:15 am
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Ray McDonald was a third-round pick by the 49ers in the 2007 NFL Draft. (USATSI)

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San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday morning on felony suspicion of domestic violence charges, San Jose Police said.

Sources told NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo that McDonald’s alleged victim is pregnant. McDonald was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee, who had bruises on her neck and arms, the Sacramento Bee reported. Reportedly, 49ers teammates Vernon Davis and Demarcus Dobbs were also present.

The incident occurred on Bentley Ridge Drive in San Jose -- the same street on which 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was involved in a single-vehicle accident in September and was ultimately arrested for DUI.

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Multiple 49ers players were present when the incident resulting in McDonald arrest occurred Sunday morning, according to reports.

Team general manager Trent Baalke issued a statement on Sunday morning:

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

The call came to San Jose Police at 2:48 a.m.

“Officers responded and conducted an investigation. The domestic violence allegation was substantiated” and McDonald was arrested without incident, according to police.

McDonald was booked into Santa Clara County Jail at 5:30 a.m. He was released on $25,000 bail later Sunday morning, according to San Jose Police. McDonald is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara Superior Court on Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

Last week, NFL commissioner sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams announcing harsher penalties for any league employee in response to incidents of domestic violence. Now, a first offense will result in a six-game suspension. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban.

Goodell was roundly criticized for his decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for just two games at the start of the regular season.

Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident in February with his then-fiance. Rice avoided trial by being accepted into a pretrial intervention program in May.

In the letter to the owners, Goodell wrote, in part:

Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.

McDonald, 29, is entering his seventh season in the NFL after coming to the organization in 2007 as a third-round draft pick.