Report: Ray McDonald arrested for domestic violence

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When it comes to the NFL’s new policy on domestic violence, many of the details won’t be known until a player or two (or more) end up caught in the gears of its application.

The first player to be caught in the gears of the application of the new domestic violence policy apparently will be 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald.

According to Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area, McDonald has been arrested for domestic violence.

Per Trujillo, the alleged victim is pregnant, which by the terms of the new policy could result in an eventual suspension beyond the first-offense baseline of six games.

Before the process reaches that point, the case against McDonald will have to develop.  ESPN reported in the aftermath of the announcement of the new policy that an “offense” will arise only after final adjudication of the criminal case, which suggests that a civil settlement with the victim that results in no prosecution could help the player escape punishment.

Asked whether the “final adjudication” report from ESPN is accurate, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told PFT, “We deal with the facts of each case at the appropriate time and make decisions on those case when the process is completed.”

The facts of the first case apparently will involve Ray McDonald, a key member of the San Francisco defense who became a full-time starter upon the arrival of coach Jim Harbaugh.

The fact that Harbaugh is McDonald’s coach could create a separate area of trouble for the player, based on this quote from former 49ers safety Donte Whitner:  “He said that we can do anything in the world and we can come and talk to him and he’ll forgive us except put our hands on women.  If you put your hand on a woman then you’re done in his book.”

So maybe, in the end, Harbaugh will be even harder on McDonald than the league office will be.

117 responses to “Report: Ray McDonald arrested for domestic violence

  1. This will be very telling.

    It is easy to make an example of the first guy.

    I really just hope guys don’t start getting set-up and possibly banned for life for something they didn’t do.

  2. Since ray macdonald is a starter on a big market team… he will get a 1 or 2 game suspension.

  3. Harbaugh will make his decision about McDonald based on whether or not he thinks he can win plenty of games without him. Like his brother, he comes from the school of say one thing and do another.

  4. So Jim Harbaugh detests abusers of women and John fully supports them? Sounds like Jim was the momma’s boy in that household and Ray Rice picked the right brother to play for.

  5. He will start for a few weeks, take a week off for “anger management counseling” and be right back to playing with no further repercussions.

  6. I, in no way shape or form support domestic abuse and think its the worst thing that can happen in a relationship. HOWEVER, now that the punishment is so high, I imagine players will have issues with wives/girlfriends bringing their “moods” to a whole new level. Also, I see a large increase in false accusations. Now I still think that these events are bought on entirely by the man himself and he should ALWAYS just walk away.

    I’m just trying to point something out.

  7. If you got that kind of money why even get money. Everybody knows relationships today are competitive battle between man and woman. A man has to be able to hold his own. When women act up just walk away thats being a real man because you held your own. You always have to strive to be positive because relationships easily can turn negative.

  8. Right after Goodel made the NFL discipline rule change, what an idiot. Now he will be made an example of by goodel. The niners are just shooting themselves in the foot with the suspensions on top of the injuries. They are flirting with disaster.

  9. If you got that kind of money why even get married. Everybody knows relationships today are competitive battle between man and woman. A man has to be able to hold his own. When women act up just walk away thats being a real man because you held your own. You always have to strive to be positive because relationships easily can turn negative.

  10. Disgusting.

    The settlement aspect is going to be fascinating. You have millionaires with a significant interest in silencing these women with money to not report or press charges.

    The cover ups will end up becoming as big a story as these animals beating women.

  11. Lets just see now how serious the nfl is about domestic abuse should suspend him till case is resolved then go with how many ever games based on outcome

  12. This could be interesting to see who stands up to their standards. Harbaugh could improve his lagging image by suspending the idiot immediately. He said it, not me.

  13. Roger doesn’t have to do a thing until after this is resolved in court. The 9ers lawyers could get a few court delays and continuances so Aldon could be back before anything is done. McDonald will get some games off, it’s just a question of when.

  14. McDonald is done, put a fork in his SF career…And for the 49ers, their 2014 season continues to spiral downwards…they will be one of the annual 5 teams not to return to the playoffs…take that to the bank…

  15. Time for Jed York, Niners owner, to step up and stop tolerating this crap. I remember when the Niners were a respected organization. Let’s see if Coach Harbaugh lets him play even though he hasn’t been legally convicted; just like he did with Aldon last year.

    Niners are the new Raiders

  16. Damon miners in two years there are the following incidents.
    Hitting a tree, hitting a teammate, hitting a bicyclist, bomb threats, and hitting pregnant women..is a shameful organization

  17. squidcomputers says: Aug 31, 2014 11:29 AM

    Harbaugh will make his decision about McDonald based on whether or not he thinks he can win plenty of games without him. Like his brother, he comes from the school of say one thing and do another.
    ——————–

    If he is indeed correctly quoted, then if this man did put his hands on a woman, it will be impossible for him to make an excuse for not cutting him.

  18. The Ray Rice Rule should start with Ray Rice, grandfather him in, and then wait for the facts about this case.

  19. Roger Goodell is going to walk around NFL stadiums this fall with this McDonald’s head on a stick!

    The Cowboys are going to hang 40+ on this defense.

  20. The interesting thing about the Ray Rice rule is if Goodell had just suspended him for 4+ games his life would be much easier right now. In his in intended inept way Roger brought much more heat on Ray by not punishing him enough

  21. “If you put a hand on a woman then you’re done in his book.”

    In this case, it wasn’t just a woman, but a pregnant woman. I would respect Harbaugh if he actually acts on his words, but I think the chance of Harbaugh being a man of honor and integrity in this case is slim to none. They seem to love dirtbags and criminals on that team and have a culture of enabling them (as long as they can play). Why would that stop now?

  22. I see a trend between the Ravens and 49ers are concerned: starters who lack character are given a pass. How ironic that both teams are coached by Harbaughs. Their parents must be proud.

  23. He must have read Gooddell’s letter just last week, so this makes it even weirder. Is he that stupid and that cowardly that he assaults a woman knowing the consequences?

  24. Anybody on here know who Tank Carradine or Quinton Dial are?

    If you don’t, don’t make any predictions about this affecting the 49ers negatively until you do your research and know who the “next men up” are.

    Realistically, Ray just made it easier for the 49ers to clear the way for his younger, cheaper, and ultimately more talented replacements.

  25. If he put his hands on a pregnant woman He should be kicked out of the league and serve time in jail. There is know excuse he could have walked away if he was that angry.

  26. That’s interesting, didn’t they restructure Rays contract earlier this season and now this domestic violence case pops up. Dude needs to go and it’s the next man up.

  27. Uh-boy….Someone from the 9’ers just had to be the first to test the leagues new DV policy.

    Coach Harbaugh several years ago is quoted to have told his team, you can do just about anything and I’ll forgive you, but if you place your hands on a woman you’re done in my book. So, we’ll have to see how done McDonald is.

  28. Obviously a 49ers fan. ……. if you hit a pregnant woman you should be BANNED. I don’t care who you are or what team you play for. Unfortunately the trolls on here are turning this into an opportunity to bash San Francisco, but this is an issue in sports as a whole. If they want this to end start making examples of these morons. If you can’t separate this issue from football then you need to make serious adjustments in your lifes priorities.

  29. therealwritethisminute says: Aug 31, 2014 1:24 PM

    Anybody on here know who Tank Carradine or Quinton Dial are?

    If you don’t, don’t make any predictions about this affecting the 49ers negatively until you do your research and know who the “next men up” are.

    Realistically, Ray just made it easier for the 49ers to clear the way for his younger, cheaper, and ultimately more talented replacements.
    ________________

    looks good on paper, but tank hasn’t played a snap since his knee injury at fsu two seasons ago, and besides that, he was a 4-3 end. he is too slow to play rush LB and a bit on the small side for a 3-4 end.

  30. The other troubling fact that came out is that it was his birthday party and many team mates were there.

    Did they watch him assault her and do nothing to stop him? Couldn’t one of them see what was going to happen and help stop it before it started?

  31. I wonder how many articles we’ll see here and elsewhere about the Harbaugh led 49ers being totally out of control.

    You know…like they did with those dastardly Detroit Lions

    I guess Jim Schwartz was right all along.

  32. wow, look at all the feminists in here. remember, it’s only “domestic violence” when men retaliate. no one cares about Rice’s wife spitting on him and punching him.

  33. We’ll see how serious they are. A Seahawk, 49er, Patriot, Bronco, Raven, Saint or Cowboy and usually the sentence is light. So we will see. I am skeptical about how serious. If it was a Cardinal, Ram, Lion, Brown, etc and they would tar and feather him in town square. So we will see.

  34. All you guys saying that players are now going to get set up by girlfriends/wives for domestic violence arrests… here’s a thought: treat the lady with love, respect, and appreciation – and she won’t set you up for anything except the same in return.

  35. honkeyshavenolips? not the least bit racist. and why would Rice even want to continue a relationship with a woman who spit on him and punched him. he should have walked away – Forever! so, yes, he deserves punishment for his actions and stupidity.

  36. Yeah from the comments it appears this new policy will eliminate domestic violence. I glad no one on this site has ever done anything like that( heavy, heavy sarcasm)

  37. It isn’t enough that the men of the NFL have to wear Pink in October. They are now held hostage by the wives of the NFL claiming bogus spouse abuse…Since, it is assumed all men are spouse abusers? What if the women is lying? Does the wife get suspended?

  38. I was charged with spouse abuse twice. It never went to trial, but it did allow my ex-wife to keep the kids twice when I was suppose to have visitation over Christmas.

    It is now open season on NFL players..Thanks Goodell.

  39. All these macho guys acting like experts on domestic abuse, should spend some time at their local court house. For every 1 guy that hits his wife, there are 10 women that claim bogus spouse abuse for legal, custody and money advantages.

  40. … It is truly sad and disgusting to see no other players or coaches in the NFL voice there opinions against Domestic Abuse … The Good Old Boy Network … This useless POS deserves some jail time … Put him in a Cage with Rice …

  41. Women shows up at Court House with no bruises, no witnesses, no photos, but simply says she is scared of you = Spouse Abuse

    You are removed from the house for 7 days with no appeal.

    Keep that in mind when you start talking spouse abuse. The knee jerk reaction that the guy must have done it is exactly what the feminists want.

  42. elclavero says: Damon miners in two years there are the following incidents.
    Hitting a tree, hitting a teammate, hitting a bicyclist, bomb threats, and hitting pregnant women..is a shameful organization
    _________________________________________

    As a Seahawks fan, I am enjoying the misfortunes of the Digits. But in all fairness, it wasn’t the coaches or FO that drove drunk or hit a woman, and I’m pretty sure they weren’t doing anything to encourage such behavior. I think Harbaugh is a dooshbagg (and I’m sure Digits fans feel the same way about Carroll), but I wouldn’t say the Digits are a shameful organization.

  43. If the whole thing is true and she is pregnant then he assaulted two people. Double the penalty. Twelve games minimum or out of the league.

  44. Also, I love how clowns always tell men to walk away, but won’t tell the aggressor the same advice. You guys are so submissive to females, it’s unbelievable.

    The gay agenda and the feminist agenda is destroying men. Half of you guys are raised to bow down to females.

  45. Gotta love seahawksfansince2013(by the way name fits there whole fan base) calling the niners organization classless. This has to be the best “pot calling the kettle black” example i have seen in a while. Head coach a slime ball leaving USC right before the cheating scandal, a bunch of PED users, a big mouthed corner that does not know when to shut up and still pokes at players after he won the SB and a fan base that prides themselves on how they enhance the crowd noise to make it louder for the opposing teams and how the team was accused of pumping their speakers up in the stadium. lets not forget the fans throwing food on bowman while he was getting carted off field in the NFC champ game. The most arrogant fan base in the NFL.

  46. I wonder if Jim Harbaugh regrets that “above reproach” comment yet. I think that glass house of his is pretty well busted.

  47. bluetalons: You do know why Pete Carroll is the Coach of the Seahawks? he was going to be suspended possibly for life from NCAA for NCAA infractions from getting girls for players, fixing grades, tests, taking money and tampering. He left right before all of it came down and he walked away like nothing as wrong. Sad. Finally the Seahawks were recently fines $300,000 for illegal activities. I use to like the Hawks, I LOVE Seattle as a town. But the fans are (not all) especially the younger ones are just asses. I have been to games there many times. Three years ago was fine but the last two years have been horrible as an opposing fan being in the stadium. The people around us said they CAN’T bring their Grandkids anymore (Under 14) because of the language, fights, drunks and actions of fans. I watched a 20something run up to an elderly man in a Cards jersey the kid with both middle fingers up literally screaming F you. I thought the guy was going to have a heart attack I was standing a cop. I said Not going to do anything? he said ‘Well, he didn’t touch hi and it’s a Seahawks fan, they are all like that. I’d have to arrest everyone”. That was a Seattle City Cop who said that. Then I walk to my seat and had cups, garbage and names thrown at me. the kid behind me was drunk and tried to pick a fight. I ignored him since his friends were keeping him at bay. At the end of the game I Took my jersey off and happened to have on a Special forces T-Shirt and you could see my SF tattoo on my arm. His friend said “thank you for not killing my friend.” So I can’t say they are all bad but it’s sad that Seahawk fans act like they have one the last 10 Super bowls. It’s sad.

  48. Classic classless 49er-fans. Don’t deal with the problem, just bring up whatever distractions you can to avoid the subject.

  49. Any man who hits a woman (unless he is trying to stop her from doing harm to someone else) deserves to end up in a jail cell! Maybe the Niners should have built their new stadium on Alcatraz…or as they could call it a “mixed use” area…you know “Work, live, play, serve time!”

  50. red2616
    What does all that have to do with a player punching out a pregnant woman and how does a SF player getting into trouble make Seattle a bad franchise?

    BTW, I have attended well over 100 games in Seattle and I haven’t seen that kind of action. But, having said that, you WILL hear from the crowd if you attend wear the wrong colors… just like most other stadiums.

  51. I think the term here is “lack of institutional control.” Slap the coach and GM with a half year suspension unless they clean up their house.

  52. red2616 says: bluetalons: You do know why Pete Carroll is the Coach of the Seahawks? he was going to be suspended possibly for life from NCAA for NCAA infractions from getting girls for players, fixing grades, tests, taking money and tampering. He left right before all of it came down and he walked away like nothing as wrong.
    _______________________________________

    I find it odd that the infractions involving Pete Carroll happened in 2005, the NCAA started investigating in 2006, but Carroll hung around through 2009. You’d think if he was the least little bit concerned about getting hammered by the NCAA, he would have left a lot sooner.

    Of course, the timing of his leaving USC couldn’t have anything to do with the Seahawks offering him everything he wanted in a return to the NFL. That’s unpossible.

  53. he’s due $4.5 million this yr… she’ll be saying she tripped down the stairs. Rice’s girlfriend married him… neither of these women want to live in a trailer park

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