The Bears have announced that they have released troubled defensive tackle Ray McDonald, the Chicago Tribune has reported. McDonald was arrested in California for domestic violence and child endangerment. It marked his second arrest in six months. He received the same fate in December for sexual assault and domestic violence before signing with the Bears in the offseason. The 30-year-old McDonald has been a full-time starter in the NFL since 2008. He was an All-Pro in 2011.
According to NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo, Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald has been arrested for domestic violence and possible child endangerment in California. No other information has been made available. McDonald, who was released by the 49ers last December after being arrested in the second of separate sexual assualt and domestic violence cases, signed with the Bears in the offseason and said he was planning to sue the accuser in one of his sexual assault charges.
When asked Tuesday if he was confident that he would not be charged in a sexual assault case, Bears defensive tackle Ray McDonald said he had no concerns about being charged, reports the team's Radio Network "Yes. Extremely confident," he said. McDonald was released by the 49ers in December after being accused of sexual assault. He previously said he is in the process of suing the accuser over the sexual assault claim.
The Bears have reached an agreement to sign former 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, the organization announced. The deal is reportedly for one year. The story was first reported by ESPN's Chris Mortensen. McDonald was released by the 49ers in December after he was accused of sexual assault. This marked the second time in four months that McDonald was linked to a domestic violence related incident. McDonald recently told ESPN he is planning to sue the accuser in the most recent sexual assault claim. He was not charged in the first investigation due to insufficient evidence, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney's office. By joining the Bears, McDonald will reunite with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
Former 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald told ESPN he plans to sue the woman who has accused him of rape. McDonald has not been charged, with the Santa Clara District Attorney's office saying this month it is still reviewing the matter. "I feel like what I am doing is the right thing because I know that I am not this bad person that people are making me out to be," McDonald told ESPN on Monday. "I've been fired from my job. I know some teams don't even want to talk to me because of this past accusation. All I am trying to do is clear my name and move on with my life." The 49ers released McDonald in December citing "a pattern of poor decision-making." His attorney, Steve M. DeFelippis, said in a statement that the "unresolved threat of charges being filed against him, even though factually unfounded, continues to present a roadblock to this remarkable athlete being able to move forward in his career. This lawsuit is intended to vindicate him ... and return his good name." McDonald, 30, played in 14 games last season, recording 39 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble.