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49ers' Ray McDonald jailed on domestic abuse charges (w/video)

  • San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald during NFL football training camp on Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

SAN JOSE — Defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested for felony domestic abuse Sunday morning in San Jose, bringing more scrutiny to a 49ers team that spent the offseason tangled in legal matters.

Police arrived at 2:48 a.m. to McDonald’s home, where a party was being held in honor of McDonald’s birthday. He turns 30 Tuesday.

McDonald apparently was involved in an altercation with his fiancee, whom a police source said is 10 weeks pregnant. When she showed police minor bruises on her neck and arms, McDonald was arrested without incident.

McDonald was booked at 5:30 a.m. in Santa Clara County jail for “inflicting injury on a spouse or cohabitant,” according to the Santa Clara County Department of Corrections. Bail was set at $25,000 and McDonald was released at 11:30 a.m.

Other 49ers players, including tight end Vernon Davis and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs, attended the party.

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

McDonald was arrested for DUI in Santa Clara County in 2010.

Last week, in the wake of uproar over Ravens running back Ray Rice’s suspension, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell instituted harsher penalties for league employees involved in assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault. First-time offenders will receive a six-game suspension. A second offense results in a lifetime ban.

Rice was given a two-game suspension after hitting his then-fiancee in February. Surveillance cameras showed Rice dragging her out of a casino elevator, apparently unconscious, after the incident.

Coach Jim Harbaugh has told 49ers players that domestic violence would not be tolerated on his team.


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