Report: Ray McDonald arrested, again

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Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald is about to have his character assassinated all over again.

McDonald, who became a lightning rod for controversy following a domestic violence accusation last year and later was abruptly cut following a separate accusation of sexual assault, has been arrested, according to Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area.

Per Trujillo, the new allegation is domestic violence and “possible child endangerment.”

The NFL previously has cleared McDonald of potential Personal Conduct Policy violations arising from the first 2014 incident. McDonald has said he will sue his accuser from the second incident, claiming that footage from his home surveillance system shows that their sexual encounter was “clearly consensual.”

“I had two incidents [in which] I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong, but still it’s in the spotlight,” McDonald said last month. “It was in the national spotlight for quite some time. I’m just trying to move forward from it.”

The 49ers absorbed plenty of criticism for not suspending McDonald pending the resolution of the initial incident from August 2014; this time around, the allegation could result in placement of McDonald on the Commissioner Exempt list, given the NFL’s new approach to accusations of violent crime. McDonald would be paid his base salary, but he’d be prevented from practicing or playing.

The suspension won’t matter if the Bears decide to sever ties with McDonald. Owner George McCaskey has said he initially didn’t want to sign McDonald based on his history. but McCaskey deferred to G.M. Ryan Pace.

For Pace, the incident becomes the first blemish on his record as the architect of the team’s football operation. What Pace does next will likely be a factor in whether the blemish becomes a scar.

78 responses to “Report: Ray McDonald arrested, again

  1. As a Bears fan i say cut his ass today. This makes the entire new regime in Halas Hall looks like idiots and they need to set a hard line from the get go. They have no guaranteed money and no draft pick tied up in this clown so it should be a no brainer.

  2. I thought my Vikings had the market cornered on lowlifes and ne’er-do-wells!! Looks like another one slipped through our mighty cracks.

  3. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. If he’s as “innocent” as he claims to be then he needs to find a different class of women to go after, not baby mamas looking for a lottery ticket. Plus he needs some anger management classes.

  4. Seriously? Again, this dude is worse than the all the others who got suspended, Rice, Hardy, Peterson…getting arrested 3 times in the last couple of years for the same stuff, domestic violence, this time against a child. Hardy is serving a 10 game suspension, Rice can’t get any team to sign him and Mcdonald, walks free ? Way to go, Goodell, your brand of justice is really enlighting..geez.

  5. He’s either a bad guy or the unluckiest person in the world. Either way, the Bears shouldn’t want him around.

  6. And people hated all over the Niners for cutting him and then praising Fangio for taking him in Chicago. I like my Chicago Bears fans, but guys – that defense isn’t looking too good anymore because you’re about to lose a starter.

  7. I wish this could all go through the court system before we make our judgement on him.

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    SF did that last year and got embarrassed. Legal system or not, it’s clear McDonald cannot stay outbid bad situations

  8. Where was it this time? Still in Northern California or near Chicago? That could make a big difference. Trent Baalke has to feel vindicated today. Even though nothing has stuck so far, it confirms his assertion that Ray Mac just keeps making bad decisions.

  9. How would you like to be Ryan Pace today, having banked your career on this loser?

    Way to make the most of your “new start”, McDonald!

  10. 3yardsndust says:
    May 25, 2015 12:32 PM

    Time to cut this guy. The 49ers don’t need this kind of trouble.

    Dude, McDonald is currently on the Bears’ roster.

  11. This is what happens when the NFL doesn’t take action the first time! TWO PRIORS…. where there’s smoke, there is inevitably fire! You allow these guys to get away with it and this is exactly what happens…. Ray has a problem folks and the longer it take to remove this dude from the NFL, the more women who will get hurt ! And to make matters worse, by not taking action on the 1st two times…. NOW CHILD MY BE INVOLVED!!! Absolutely unacceptable and frankly makes me sick to my stomach! Someone needs to be held accountable for this!!! I, as a fan find the lack of urgency by the NFL totally unacceptable! At what point does the NFL start putting morals above $$$$ and really bring the hammer down on these guys before another life is lost…possibly a child’s life????

  12. He may be seeking Aaron Hernandez’ neck tattoo artist’s services sooner rather than later……

  13. “12thmanchuck says:
    May 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    This is what happens when the NFL doesn’t take action the first time! TWO PRIORS…. where there’s smoke, there is inevitably fire! You allow these guys to get away with it and this is exactly what happens…. Ray has a problem folks and the longer it take to remove this dude from the NFL, the more women who will get hurt ! And to make matters worse, by not taking action on the 1st two times…. NOW CHILD MY BE INVOLVED!!! Absolutely unacceptable and frankly makes me sick to my stomach! Someone needs to be held accountable for this!!! I, as a fan find the lack of urgency by the NFL totally unacceptable! At what point does the NFL start putting morals above $$$$ and really bring the hammer down on these guys before another life is lost…possibly a child’s life????

    Although I agree 100% with ya. It’s our judicial system and general society’s willingness to give slab on the wrists to these offenders that is the bigger issue. An employer can only do so much….

  14. I questioned his ‘sincerity’ when the Bears hired him. Now it’s time for Ryan Pace to cut his losses and get rid of this guy.

  15. Is this guy really so stupid as to repeatedly get himself into these situations? Unbelievable. Athletes today never cease to amaze me as to just how dumb they really are. After skating through by the skin of the teeth last time youd think old Ray would have made some life changes to ensure that this type of thing wouldn’t happen again

  16. 12thmanchuck says:

    This is what happens when the NFL doesn’t take action the first time!
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    But then all we would have heard was everyone crying and sniveling about Goodell.

  17. He’ll be working at McDonald’s pretty soon, just don’t have him cashier & work customer service which can be dangerous to the clientele of the Bic Mac & fries. He is better off in the kitchen.

  18. Relax! All he has to do is have a “feel good” story published in the paper, you know like attend a graduation of disadvantaged fan, and everyone will forgive you. They say you have been misunderstood and you’re a class act. Seriously, it won’t take much to turn this frown upside down 🙂

    #randymoss

  19. I am sure the Commissioner will put him on paid leave and give this whole thing time to settle down and blow over.

  20. I don’t understand how this is a blemish on the Bears’ GM, Pace.

    There is no risk. No guaranteed money. There was only the potential of upside. Now they cut him and they are no worse for wear.

    Nothing about taking a chance on McDonald has changed the image of the Bears (unless you live in glass houses and think all the other football players on the Bears are angels). Nothing will affect their salary cap. Nothing will affect their roster.

    I am getting awfully tired of this idea it is the team/NFL’s responsibility to set some moral line for society. The criminal system should be taking care of this guy and if you’re morally outraged he is a free man and can make a living doing what he does best, take your frustrating out of our broken criminal system, not the NFL.

  21. Ray McDonald wins the Trifecta, domestic violence, sexual assault, and child endangerment. Hey Bears players don’t come with a finer pedigree than that. He needs to be cut loose permanently Chicago, I’m sure you included a morals clause in His contract. Now is the time to use it. This guy is a total loser.

  22. 12thmanchuck says:
    May 25, 2015 12:58 PM

    This is what happens when the NFL doesn’t take action the first time! TWO PRIORS…. where there’s smoke, there is inevitably fire! You allow these guys to get away with it and this is exactly what happens…. Ray has a problem folks and the longer it take to remove this dude from the NFL, the more women who will get hurt ! And to make matters worse, by not taking action on the 1st two times…. NOW CHILD MY BE INVOLVED!!! Absolutely unacceptable and frankly makes me sick to my stomach! Someone needs to be held accountable for this!!! I, as a fan find the lack of urgency by the NFL totally unacceptable! At what point does the NFL start putting morals above $$$$ and really bring the hammer down on these guys before another life is lost…possibly a child’s life????

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    The person who needs to be held accountable is Ray McDonald. The NFL is a football league not the U.S Justice System. Blame the San Jose Police for not arresting him the first time he was accused of assault.. Instead they covered it up because the cops where there partying with McDonald when it happened and they moonlight on the payroll of the 49ers as private security when not patrolling the streets. You’re right to be outraged, but your anger is misdirected at a football league instead of the person who committed the crime and the police force who whitewashed his previous crimes.

  23. McDonald’s biggest issue is that he seems to have horrible judgment when it comes to women. One of them pulled a gun on him, anothet accused him of domestic abuse although he was never charged and cleared by the NFL. Then he was accused of rape which was shown to be false based on security camera footage from within his own home. Now there is this

    This dude needs to try celibacy for awhile, he seems to draw crazy women to him like Old Country Buffet draws fat people.

  24. deljzc says:
    May 25, 2015 1:19 PM

    I don’t understand how this is a blemish on the Bears’ GM, Pace.

    There is no risk. No guaranteed money. There was only the potential of upside. Now they cut him and they are no worse for wear.

    Nothing about taking a chance on McDonald has changed the image of the Bears (unless you live in glass houses and think all the other football players on the Bears are angels). Nothing will affect their salary cap. Nothing will affect their roster.

    I am getting awfully tired of this idea it is the team/NFL’s responsibility to set some moral line for society. The criminal system should be taking care of this guy and if you’re morally outraged he is a free man and can make a living doing what he does best, take your frustrating out of our broken criminal system, not the NFL.
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    Except that this guy was already a known two-time loser, and Chicago banked on him straightening himself out.

    They knew exactly what they were getting involved with, and he blew up in their faces.

  25. There is no question he Bears have to cut him. Unless the arrest is a myth, there is no way the Bears or Pace can keep him and claim they are bringing in a new attitude with the focus being on winning football. The too a chance by signing him and he didn’t even make it to training camp before the stupidity starts. Time to cut bait or Pace is a complete JOKE

  26. McDonald needs to be released ASAP.

    If there is another team {Cowboys}, willing to take a chance on him, it is on the that team.

    Everybody wanting to blame the commissioner is wrong on this case. 32 teams each have an opportunity to sign their players.

    What happened to personal accountability?

  27. We don’t even know what happened yet, and everyone wants this guy gone. Neither of these two headlines have given any details. Let’s at least wait to see what happened before this guy gets canned. Just saying… Some female could have been holding a kid, and swung on Ray, and he could have grabbed her arm. Dude would get arrested for that. I see it every night on Cops. Now, I’m in no way saying this guy should get a break if he did something, but there has been no facts revealed yet.

  28. I see the nations chattering class knows better.
    The guy has no felony convictions. Why should he lose a job over a complaint? Because the mob wants social justice? Let the legal process work its way out. What happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty?

  29. The 49ers knew this guy was too much trouble and cut him. Bad signing by the Bears.

  30. How is it a bad signing for the Bears? He kept a good player off their 90-man roster that deserved it and had a chance? Really? That’s your argument?

    They have not spent ONE NICKEL on this guy in his pocket. All they did was agree to a contract IF he made the 53-man roster.

    Did he somehow magically do that yet?

    You guys are over-reacting (and the article is implying) at all the wrong things. Let’s see how the criminal system handles a guy that certainly has a lot of criminal smoke around him.

    If he’s as bad an apple as all you guys make him out to be, then he should be in jail, right? Isn’t that how the system is suppose to work?

  31. The Bears signed this guy knowing his history, but that should in no way be an indictment of the Bears. If Belichick signed a guy with a criminal record that would OF COURSE mean that Belichick himself is a criminal and coaches his players to conduct perpetrate violent acts against family members, and of course that would mean Belichick should be banned for life and probably incarcerated…but Belichick is not involved here so it seems like paid leave, followed by some mentoring to help Ray make smarter choices is the best way to go.

  32. Teams should start losing draft picks when players get arrested. As it stands now, there’s no downside to signing turd players and hoping they stay out of trouble. You’re putting yourself at a disadvantage sadly if you don’t take chances on character.

  33. The NFL should police cheaters inside the game (Brady), not outside the game.

    I am not a fan of McDonald, but these rulings just enable the gold-diggers. We will keep seeing more of this, until the NFL stops this insanity.

  34. It’s pretty cool that Bears highest ranking officials are so easily duped and bamboozled. No brains. no instinct and no ethics in that front office.

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