49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested, accused of domestic violence

Ray McDonald
Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested Sunday in San Jose on suspicion of domestic violence.
(San Jose Police Department)

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence in San Jose early Sunday, police said, three days after the NFL ramped up its penalties for domestic violence.

San Jose police said they were called shortly before 3 a.m. to the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive. McDonald, 29, was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail, they said.

Police said midday that he had posted bail, which was set at $25,000.

Under the NFL’s new policy on domestic violence, first-time offenders will be suspended without pay for six games, “with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday in a letter to team owners.


McDonald was drafted by the 49ers in 2007. In the last three seasons, the team said, he started in all but three regular-season games.

This could be another blow to the 49ers’ defense. Last week, outside linebacker Aldon Smith was suspended for the first nine games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

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