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.
Defensive end Ray McDonald's agent has begun informing teams that the Santa Clara District Attorney has decided not to pursue charges against his client, reports NFL.com.
While his agent said the allegations are closed, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said in a statement that they are still reviewing the matter, reports The Sacramento Bee. McDonald is facing a sexual assault allegation.
"The District Attorney's office has made no decision on the most recent Ray McDonald matter," according to the statement. "When the investigation is complete, this office will release our findings publicly or through publicly filed charges."
The 49ers released McDonald last year when the allegation arose. He is currently a free agent.
Defensive end Ray McDonald has been released by the 49ers after a second assault charge had been levied against him in the last four months, per CSNBayArea.com. The latest are sexual assault allegations for which he is being investigated.
The team had stood by McDonald after the first incident, but apparently have lost faith in his innocence.
McDonald, who was finishing his eighth season with San Francisco and has started every game this year, ends 2014 with three sacks and having contributed to 39 tackles.
San Jose Police are investigating after a woman claimed 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald sexually assaulted her at his home this week, reports the San Jose Mercury News. A search warrant was served Tuesday at the residence after police received a call from a hospital reporting a possible sexual-assault victim, the paper said.
McDonald has not been arrested.
McDonald was investigated in a domestic violence case following an Aug. 31 fight with his pregnant fiancee, but the District Attorney's office did not file charges, "citing insufficient evidence, and said it appeared the fiancee initiated the physical contact."
The 49ers stood by McDonald in that incident, and he has started every game this season.
The 49ers will have their probable players Week 15 against the Seahawks.
Mike Iupati, Ray McDonald and Justin Smith are all active for the contest. Iupati is dealing with an elbow injury. McDonald has a finger issue. Smith is dealing with a back injury.
The 49ers have ruled four of the 11 players listed on its final injury report for Week 15 against Seattle. Those four include linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) and wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee).
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), cornerback Chris Culliver (knee), center Marcus Martin (knee) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) were deemed questionable.
Meanwhile, guard Mike Iupati (elbow), defensive end Ray McDonald (finger) and defensive end Justin Smith (back) were labeled as probable.
The 49ers will have wideout Michael Crabtree Week 14 against the Raiders.
Crabtree came into the game listed as probable due to a knee injury. He was never really a threat to miss the contest.
The team will have most of their probable players for the game. Chris Culliver, Bruce Ellington, Carlos Hyde, Stevie Johnson, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith and Joe Staley are all listed as active. All seven were considered probable.
The 49ers released their final Week 14 injury report and listed RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), CB Chris Culliver (shoulder), DT Ray McDonald (finger), WR Michael Crabtree (knee), DE Justin Smith (back), WR Bruce Ellington (ankle), WR Steve Johnson (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (quadricep) and OT Joe Staley (illness) as probable.
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) are listed as questionable. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis (concussion), defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) and tight end Vance McDonald (back) were ruled out.
The 49ers take on the Raiders Week 14.
49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald has returned to the field, CSNBayArea.com reports. McDonald exited the game with a finger injury in the first quarter and was deemed questionable to return.
49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald is questionable to return to Thursday's game against the Seahawks with a finger injury, the team announced. McDonald suffered the injury early in the first quarter of the game.
The 49ers released their Week 13 injury report Wednesday, and they listed tight end Derek Carrier (foot), tackle Anthony Davis (concussion) and defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey (forearm) as out for Thursday's game against the Seahawks.
Cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (ankle) and tight Vance McDonald (back) were all listed as questionable, while running back Frank Gore (knee), wide receiver Brandon Lloyd (quadricep), defensive end Ray McDonald (knee), running back Bruce Miller(shoulder), safety Eric Reid (ankle), defensive end Justin Smith (back) and safety Raymond Ventrone (groin) were all listed as probable.
The 49ers have ruled Jimmie Ward (foot), Ian Williams (fibula) out for Week 11 against the Giants. Tramaine Brock (hamstring), Bruce Ellington (ankle) and Dan Skuta (ankle) were all deemed questionable.
The following players were labeled probable for Sunday: Chris Borland (shoulder), Frank Gore (hip), Ray McDonald (knee), Eric Reid (ankle) and Justin Smith (rest).
The Santa Clara District Attorney office declined to file charges against 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald due to insufficient evidence, according to ESPN's Shelley Smith.
"Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe, we cannot prove a crime occurred," said Lindsay Walsh, Santa Clara Deputy District Attorney in charge of the case, per ESPN. "In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing."
McDonald was being investigated for suspicion of felony domestic violence charges on his pregnant wife, an incident that occurred before the season started. Although the 49ers never backed down from playing McDonald this season, insisting on "due process" to play out, the eight-year pro could face extra discipline from the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. That will virtually come down to commissioner Roger Goodell.
Several 49ers who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game in St. Louis. They include cornerback Chris Cook (quadriceps), defensive tackle Tony Jerod-Eddie (shoulder), punter Andy Lee (ankle), defensive tackle Ray McDonald (knee), linebacker Nick Moody (hamstring) and nose tackle Ian Williams (ankle).
The 49ers have listed six players as probable Week 6.
Chris Cook, Tony Jerod-Eddie, Andy Lee, Ray McDonald, Justin Smith and Ian Williams should all play against the Rams. Smith was listed as "not injury related," and should go.
The tentative Sept. 29 court date for 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been cancelled, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office has announced.
The San Jose Police Department has yet to conclude its investigation of McDonald on suspicion of felony domestic violence charges, and a new court date won't be set "unless or until" charges are filed.