Updates from Monday, Nov. 10
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Ray McDonald's status after the completion of an investigation into the allegations against him:
DA declines to filed charges against San Francisco 49ers DT Ray McDonald because of insufficient evidence, per ESPN's Shelley Smith.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 10, 2014
Updates from Friday, Oct. 31
The Santa Clara District Attorney has an update on the Ray McDonald investigation:
The D.A.’s investigation of the Ray McDonald case continues. No decision has been made.— Santa Clara DA (@SantaClaraDA) October 31, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Oct. 30
Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group reports Ray McDonald is unlikely to face criminal charges:
Article: Prosecutors leaning against charging 49er Ray McDonald http://t.co/ElhVHcelPg— Cam Inman (@CamInman) October 31, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Oct. 2
Cam Inman of Bay Area News Group provided information on what's next for Ray McDonald and the charges against him:
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 28
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports the 49ers are prepared to discipline Ray McDonald pending future developments in the case:
If charges are ever filed against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald on an alleged assault of his fiancee, the team is prepared to discipline McDonald with a suspension or termination of contract, according to league sources. …
…Due process does not mean carte blanche for McDonald, a league source said. If any damaging information or facts are documented by the investigation and charges are filed, the 49ers would immediately re-visit their position.
The key will be the specific information uncovered by police and how the DA views the case, the league source said. Under a hypothetical scenario in which McDonald would be charged, the level of discipline will be triggered by the findings, the sources said, and the team would not necessarily wait on a conviction.
Updates from Friday, Sept. 26
Mindi Bach of CSN Bay Area has an update on McDonald:
Detectives from the San Jose Police Department have not yet concluded their investigation of Ray McDonald on suspicion of felony domestic violence charges, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office announced on Friday.
A tentative court date set for Monday, Sept. 29 was canceled and there will be no new court date set "unless or until" charges are filed.
When complete, investigators will present their report to the DA after more than four weeks of conducting interviews and collecting evidence.
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18
There was a separate incident where the police were involved with Ray McDonald and his fiancee, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:
Police were called to McDonald’s house on Bentley Ridge Drive on May 25 at 8:09 p.m., according to an incident report San Jose Police released due to “overwhelming media interest.”
“An engaged couple (a male and female subject) were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side,” according to the report.
“When the male subject informed the female subject that he was going to call 911, the female subject put the firearm away and fled without incident. The female subject did not make any threats or point the firearm at the male subject. Both subjects have been identified and were contacted.”
Neither McDonald nor his fiancee were identified by name in the incident report that was released on Thursday. There were no arrests or criminal charges filed from the May incident.
Updates from Sunday, Sept. 14
ESPN's Jim Trotter reports the pre-game expectation for Ray McDonald's status tonight:
I'm told by a 49ers source that the team is sticking with its plan and will play Ray McDonald tonight vs. the Bears. #NoDeactivation— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) September 14, 2014
The source reiterated the organization's position that McDonald has not been charged or convicted, unlike Carolina's Greg Hardy. #49ers— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) September 14, 2014
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area provides an update on Ray McDonald's court hearing:
Ray McDonald’s court hearing originally scheduled for Monday has been postponed, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. …
…San Jose Police confirmed the investigation will not be concluded by the end of the day on Friday. Once the police investigation is concluded, the case will be forwarded to the DA’s office for consideration of criminal charges. No new date for McDonald's court hearing has been set.
McDonald met with police investigators for two hours prior to practice last Thursday, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Updates from Thursday, Sept. 11
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle passed along comments from 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on Ray McDonald:
Vic Fangio on Ray McDonald since arrest: “I think he’s handled it extremely well in light of the firestorm that’s out there.” #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 11, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 10
Roger Goodell provided information on McDonald's status under the new policy, per CBS Sports' Will Brinson:
They'll be evaluated under our new policy. That's something we will obviously progress. It's very important, obviously, to make sure we have all the facts and to make sure law enforcement has the opportunity to do what they need to do.
We have to make sure whatever action we should take at the appropriate time we're in position to do. We've had conversations with the union about that.
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reported on Ray McDonald's legal issues:
Police were called to Ray McDonald’s home at least one time prior to last week’s episode that resulted in the 49ers defensive end’s arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse.
According to the San Jose Police Department, police responded to a disturbance call on May 25 at 8:09 p.m. A police spokeswoman said she could not give out any additional information, including whether a police report was taken, or whether there were additional calls prior to May.
A “415 disturbance call” often is used as a catch all in police dispatches, and the event in question can be anything from a loud party to a fight.
Updates from Friday, Sept. 5
CSN's Matt Maiocco has the latest on Ray McDonald's status from head coach Jim Harbaugh:
Ray McDonald will be on 49ers' flight in a couple of hours to Dallas, coach Jim Harbaugh said. He will play.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) September 5, 2014
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle relays Harbaugh's thoughts on McDonald:
#49ers Harbaugh on McDonald: "I just feel like the way the facts are, and what’s known, he has the liberty to play in the game."— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 5, 2014
Cam Inman of the Mercury News has more:
Outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks was happy to hear that news, stating: “Good. That’s out of my hands and out of my control,but he’s my teammate and I support him to the fullest. I believe the truth will prevail and the truth will come out.”
Harbaugh said McDonald practiced “fine” all week, and that his tardiness to practice Wednesday and Thursday was attributed to “dealing with the matter.”
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 3
I think the first thing we have to do is let the process play out, get the facts, and make sure you understand all the circumstances. We don't (know the facts) right now and we're obviously following it very closely. But the policy will be applied uniformly across players, coaches, executives, commissioners. I think we made that very clear in the policy.
The San Jose Police Department's Twitter account has the latest update on Ray McDonald's current legal situation:
Case involving Ray McDonald has not been presented to the DA's office as of yet. Detectives still conducting investigation.— SJPD PIO (@SJPDPIO) September 3, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 2
Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group reports on where McDonald stands on the 49ers depth chart heading into Week 1:
Ray McDonald listed among #49ers starters for Sunday's depth chart, along with Dan Skuta (for Aldon) & Michael Wilhoite (for Bowman).— Cam Inman (@CamInman) September 2, 2014
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reported on McDonald's status for the 49ers' season opener:
The 49ers currently are in “fact finding mode” when it comes to defensive end Ray McDonald, general manager Trent Baalke said this morning, and no decision has been made yet whether McDonald will play Sunday in Dallas.
Baalke did say that McDonald was practicing as usual today.
“Right now it's a legal matter,” Baalke said. “And there's such a thing called due process, and we intend on letting that play out.”
Earlier, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reported the latest on McDonald and the incident that led to his arrest:
SJPD on Ray McDonald: They will not release an arrest report, but will provide "synopsis" of the incident Tuesday. #49ers— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) September 1, 2014
Head coach Jim Harbaugh also commented on having a player who committed an act of domestic violence on his team (via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area):
"I'll be very clear," Harbaugh said on the KNBR Morning Show. "You ask me how I feel about domestic violence. I can be very clear about that. If someone physically abuses a woman and/or physically or mentally abuses or hurts a child, then there's no understanding. There's no tolerance for that."
When asked if he would not allow a player guilty of domestic violence on his team, Harbaugh answered, "Yes, we would not. We can be very clear." ...
... "There are going to be two principles at play here," Harbaugh said. "And one is, I'll speak for myself, I'll speak for the 49ers: We'll not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we're firm believers in is due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles."
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday and charged with one count of felony domestic violence after an incident at his San Jose home.
Sal Castaneda of KTVU-TV received confirmation from the San Jose Police Department, which indicated other 49ers players were at McDonald's home to celebrate his upcoming birthday at the time of his arrest:
SJPD tell KTVU 49ers DL Ray McDonald arrested at his home for felony domestic violence in San Jose & there were other 49ers players present.— Sal Castaneda (@sal_castaneda) August 31, 2014
A follow-up report from KTVU.com indicated that the incident took place just before 3 a.m. Pacific Time Sunday morning. The network was also able to provide a look at his mugshot:
Details about the case are still emerging, though Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area reports that the alleged victim was pregnant. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee provided more information on the arrest:
When she showed police bruising on her neck and arms, McDonald was arrested. ... Other 49ers were present, including tight end Vernon Davis and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs. McDonald was booked at 5:30 a.m. in San Jose for "inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant," according to the Santa Clara Department of Corrections. Bail has not yet been set.
Bail was later set at $25,000, per Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle:
McDonald later posted the bail (via Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area):
BREAKING: Ray McDonald just bailed out of jail. Watch NBC Bay Area News— Damian Trujillo (@newsdamian) August 31, 2014
Following his release, McDonald spoke about the charge against him (via Azenith Smith of KTVU):
Barrows added more on the details surrounding McDonald's arrest:
For what it's worth, I'm told there were other 49ers on hand when police arrived at Ray McDonald's home but Aldon Smith was not one of them.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 31, 2014
Barrows also passed along a statement from the 49ers on the situation:
From 49ers: "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 31, 2014
... As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) August 31, 2014
Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area also reported on the next step in the charges against McDonald:
#49ers DL Ray McDonald is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 15, 1:30 p.m.— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) August 31, 2014
McDonald, who turns 30 on Sept. 2, is heading into his eighth NFL season, all with the 49ers. Playing defensive end in San Francisco's 3-4 alignment, he made 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 14 games last season. He was slated to start on the left side opposite Justin Smith this season, though it's unclear if his arrest will affect his standing with the team.
The NFL is unlikely to hand down a punishment until McDonald goes through the legal proceedings. His arrest comes just days after commissioner Roger Goodell outlined a more onerous punishment for domestic violence arrests amid criticism for the Ray Rice situation. Rice received a two-game suspension following his indictment on third-degree aggravated assault charges for an incident with his then-fiancee.
According to a letter Goodell sent to NFL owners, via ESPN.com, players convicted of domestic violence will receive a six-game suspension for their first offense and a lifetime ban for their second.
"These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong," Goodell wrote. "They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances. That has been and remains our policy."
If convicted, McDonald will be the first player punished under the new policy. Based on public information, this is his first arrest for domestic violence. In 2010, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.
McDonald is the latest in a rash of 49ers players involved in off-field incidents. Last week, linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of 2014 after numerous arrests. Overall, this is the 10th arrest of a 49ers player since 2010.
We'll have to wait and see what happens with Ray McDonald, but it's been a rough stretch for the #49ers.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) August 31, 2014
"One [arrest] is too many, OK? We just have to do a better job," general manager Trent Baalke told reporters in April. "And that's the mentality of this group and that's the mentality of this ownership. To think that we don't care? I take offense to [words like] 'classless' or 'lawless,' because that's far from the truth."
Former 49ers player Donte Whitner spoke on head coach Jim Harbaugh's stance on domestic violence in 2012, via NBC Sports' Mike Florio: "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."
With Barrows indicating that no bail has been set, it will be interesting to see how San Francisco moves forward. The 49ers open their season next Sunday on the road against the Dallas Cowboys. It's possible that a judge will bar McDonald from traveling with the team, though that remains to be seen.
Tony Jerod-Eddie or Tank Carradine will likely start in McDonald's place if he's unable to go.
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