Report: NFLer arrested: Ray Mcdonald Arrest
Published: May 25, 2015
Report: NFLer arrested: Ray Mcdonald Arrest, Former San Francisco 49er-turned-Chicago Bear Ray McDonald has been arrested on domestic violence and child endangerment charges, Santa Clara police said on Monday.
Lt. Kurt Clarke said more details would be released within the hour.
NBC Bay Area was the first to break the story.
According to sources, he was arrested at the home of retired 49er Justin 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.
Reached by phone in Florida on Monday, McDonald’s mother, LaBrina McDonald, told NBC Bay Area that she knew nothing about the arrest. “I’m not dealing with any more of this negative stuff,” she said.
She did say that McDonald’s baby, Amari, was born in March to his ex-fiance and that sometimes he visited his newborn son when he visited California.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney decided not to charge McDonald stemming from an Aug. 31, 2014 domestic-abuse arrest at his home, after a fight with this then-pregnant fiance.
The District Attorney also has not charged McDonald for a separate alleged sexual assault in San Jose on December 2014.
Still, after the second arrest, the 49ers dismissed him and he was hired by the Chicago Bears in December. The Chicago Bears were not immediately available for comment. In April, McDonald spoke to reporters at the Bears minicamp: “I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong but you know, still, it’s in the spotlight,” McDonald told NBC Chicago. “I’m just trying to move forward from it.”
And as for hiring the embattled player, Bears chairman George McCaskey said last month that he chose McDonald for several reasons. “I would say that the strongest thing was his candor, his forthrightness and his motivation,” McCaskey told NBC Chicago.
In the second case involving a woman at a bar, McDonald has sued for defamation.
His civil attorney, Steve DeFilippis, filed paperwork May 21 in Santa Clara County Superior Court arguing that the woman who accused McDonald of sexual assault had consensual intercourse with McDonald on several occasions on the night and morning in question after drinking at the Willow Den bar.
In the latest round of documents, friends of the woman claim that she was known as a hard-core “party girl” who often staged accidents, which she posted on social media.
Jenny Johnson, who was out with the woman and McDonald that night, testified in court documents that the woman’s Instagram feed pictured her “fallen on the floor, appearing very drunk, or passed out laying on the ground” on several past occasions. “I thought she was faking,” Johnson wrote in court documents.
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