NFL notes | 9-1-14
49ers lineman McDonald accused of domestic violence
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.
Sgt. Heather Randol, a police spokeswoman, declined to discuss the circumstances that led to McDonald’s arrest, saying only that officers had probable cause to take him into custody.
McDonald, 29, was later released from Santa Clara County Jail after posting $25,000 bail.
He didn’t discuss what happened with television news reporters who approached him after he posted bail.
“I can’t say too much, not right now, but the truth will come out. Everybody knows the kind of person that I am,” McDonald said. “I’m a good-hearted person.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice’s two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.
“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. “As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”
The Associated Press