San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has been charged with a misdemeanor and former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald have been indicted for a felony in a sexual assault case.
McDonald faces one count of rape and Brooks faces one count of misdemeanor sexual battery, the San Jose Mercury News reports. McDonald could be sentenced to up to eight years in prison if convicted, while Brooks could face up to six months in jail.
The men were both accused by the same woman in an incident that took place at McDonald’s house in December. She says that McDonald raped her and that Brooks groped her after she fell and hit her head near McDonald’s pool.
McDonald has also been indicted for violating a domestic violence restraining order, in a separate incident.
The 49ers, who had already faced criticism for allowing McDonald to play despite a previous domestic violence accusation, cut McDonald after the rape accusation in December. The Bears signed McDonald this offseason but then cut him amid another domestic violence investigation.
McDonald’s NFL career is almost certainly over, as no team would touch him at this point. It remains to be seen what the 49ers or the NFL will do with Brooks, who has been a starter for the 49ers for four years and started both preseason games this year.
The case is another black eye for the NFL and for the 49ers, who have dealt with a string of off-field issues and will now face another.