The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald Monday after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment.
According to Santa Clara, California police, they were called to an apartment at 3:48 AM Monday morning in response to a domestic assault.
Ray McDonald reportedly struck the female victim as she held a baby in her arms. The victim is believed to be McDonald’s former fiancée, and the baby is McDonald and the ex-fiancée’s son.
Police arrested McDonald at a San Jose residence belonging to former teammate and ex-San Francisco 49ers player Justin Smith around 7 AM. Smith has not been linked to the earlier assault.
McDonald posted $15,000 bail early Monday evening and was released.
The Bears signed McDonald in March to a one-year, $1.05 million deal, despite his history of legal problems, including a previous domestic violence arrest last August. The deal contained no guaranteed money.
Charges were not pursued in the August incident, which also involved McDonald’s ex-fiancée, due to conflicting stories about the events that transpired, the victim refusing to cooperate with prosecutors, and an insufficient amount of eyewitnesses.
The NFL declined to hand down any league punishment on that occasion.
McDonald was also accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his home in December, and that case remains open. In March, McDonald filed a lawsuit against the accuser in that case claiming defamation, and stated that security camera footage from his home will show the sexual encounter to have been consensual.
It was in December of last season that the San Francisco 49ers released McDonald citing a consistent “pattern of poor behavior.”