49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested on alleged domestic violence

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

San Jose, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Days after the NFL announced its new policy on domestic violence, San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence.

According to San Jose police officials, officers were called around 2:45 a.m. to the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, a home in San Jose’s upscale Silver Creek neighborhood, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol.

After a brief investigation by police, the 29-year-old McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on $25,000 bail.

Authorities did not provide details leading to the arrest but usually, domestic violence cases involve a spouse, a person in a dating relationship, or a person cohabitating with the suspect.

“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Sunday.

McDonald is due in court Sept. 15 at 1:30 p.m.

In 2010, McDonald was arrested for driving under the influence in San Mateo County.

This week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell instituted harsher penalties for all league employees involved in assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault.

First-time offenders will receive a six-game suspension. A second offense will result in a lifetime ban. Goodell adopted the harsher penalties after he suspended Ravens running back Ray Rice for two games in July for knocking his then-fiancee unconscious, a punishment Goodell acknowledged was too lenient.

Earlier, head coach Jim Harbaugh told his players violence against women will not be tolerated.

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