Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Domestic Violence Arrest
Ex-San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald is once again looking for a new team as he has been released by the Chicago Bears after a being arrested early Monday morning in Santa Clara on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. This arrest is the third time in the last year that McDonald has found himself on the wrong side of the law.
Last August he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after police responding to a 911 call to his home saw visible injuries on McDonald’s fiancée, but no charges were filed.
In December, McDonald was named as a suspect in a sexual assault case that is still open. McDonald is suing the defendant for defamation.
A third round pick in 2007 out of the University of Florida, McDonald emerged as a key player for Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers defense over the past few years and would be a highly sought after free agent if not for his legal issues.
It was around this time last year when Ray Rice was arrested for striking his fiancée at the time in Atlantic City. While that story seemed to sit on the backburner for months as the Ravens cited due process, the Bears released McDonald immediately.
It is unclear if McDonald will ever play in the NFL again, as like Ray Rice, his best football might be behind him. He will turn 31 in September, probably making the reward for signing him, not great enough to outweigh the public relations fallout that would come along as well.