Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been arrested by Santa Clara, Calif. police on allegations of domestic violence, according to NBC Bay Area.
Bay Area’s Damain Trujillo reported the news first. According to Trujillo, child endangerment is another one of the possible charges. The date and details of the alleged incident have yet to be made available by Santa Clara or San Jose police, the latter of which assisted with the arrest.
McDonald was arrested for domestic violence last August, but was cleared by the NFL of any wrongdoing in April. McDonald’s then-employer, the San Francisco 49ers, never disciplined the defensive end for the arrest, citing his right to “due process.” The charges were eventually dropped.
In December, McDonald was investigated as a suspect in a rape allegation, and was subsequently released. McDonald was never charged in connection to the sexual assault investigation, and he filed a defamation suit against his accuser.
The Bears signed McDonald to a one-year deal in March.
Update: More details have emerged from McDonald’s arrest. McDonald was booked on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. According to Santa Clara police, McDonald assaulted his victim “while she was holding a baby.” He was arrested at the home of just-retired former 49ers teammate Justin Smith.
Here’s more, via NBC Bay Area:
Police were called to a disturbance at 3:48 a.m. at an apartment in Santa Clara, only to find that McDonald had left to go to a friend’s home in San Jose.
According to sources, McDonald was arrested at the home of Smith in the Silver Creek neighborhood of San Jose. Neighbors said they saw police cars about 6 a.m. Monday.
Another source said that he rents an apartment in Santa Clara on Carlyle Court for his ex-fiancee and baby. The source said that on Sunday night, McDonald went out with friends and wanted to return to the apartment and asked her to leave. He left to give her some space, the source said, and when he returned, the police had been called.
Update Two: The Bears released McDonald.
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