Former San Francisco 49er Ray McDonald charged with domestic violence

Thu Jul 9, 2015 4:34pm EDT
 
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Former San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald was charged on Thursday with domestic violence for assaulting his ex-fiancee as she was holding their 2-month-old child, prosecutors said.

McDonald, 30, was charged by the Santa Clara District Attorney's Office with felony false imprisonment as well as misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, child endangerment and violating a restraining order, the office said in a statement.

It said the attack started early on the morning of May 25 in Santa Clara, when McDonald broke into his ex-fiancée's locked bedroom while she was sleeping. Prosecutors said McDonald's driver attempted to stop the assault as she tried to flee.

Prosecutors said he later returned to the home but left at the sight of police vehicles and was ultimately arrested later that morning.

Two days later, after posting bail, the eight-year National Football League veteran was arrested again for violating a restraining order by visiting her residence, according to prosecutors.

An attorney for McDonald could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday.

McDonald, who has been linked to a string of domestic violence cases, was released by the 49ers in December after he was named as a possible sexual assault suspect.

The San Jose Mercury News reported that McDonald was accused of raping a woman at his home. The newspaper said no charges have been filed and McDonald sued the woman for defamation in March, though that suit has since been dismissed.

The District Attorney's Office also declined to file charges against McDonald after a 10-week investigation into allegations he assaulted his then-pregnant fiancée last year.   Continued...

 
Sep 14, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) looks on during the second quarter of the game against the Chicago Bears at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports