On May 25, 2015 now former Chicago Bear Ray McDonald was arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. Bad news for the guy that was just signed for a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears ("da bears") back on March 24, 2015. He was shortly released from his contract and things have been downhill from here. Ol' McDonald had a farm? No! Ol' McDonald had some domestic violence and child endangerment charges!
The arrest of McDonald came after officers said he "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby", according to Lt. Kurt Clarke. Police responded to this "disturbance" early in the morning at an apartment in Santa Clara, California but had found McDonald had left to go to a friend's home in San Jose. According to sources, McDonald was arrested at around 6 a.m. when police arrived at the home of retired 49'er Justin Smith in San Jose. Speaking of retired, that might be McDonald's new title pretty soon!
His attorney, Steve DePilippis, told news reports that, "according to at least one witness, there was no physical contact between the two. Thus, is is hard to understand why charges are being pursued." Was it really so hard to understand why a football player would be accused of domestic violence even though they had this "one witness", really?
This is of course not McDonald's first run in with the law. On May 25, 2014 (exactly ONE year earlier to the DAY!) police responded to a call about a disturbance at McDonald's residence. According to a police report, "a couple were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a handgun registered to the male subject, and held it at her side. When the male subject informed the female subject that he was going to call 911, the female subject put the firearm away and fled without incident. The female subject did not make any threats or point the firearm at the male subject." Looks like it was McDonald getting the business end of the stick on that one. However three months later on August 31, 2014 police were again called to McDonald's residence. This time McDonald's fiance showed authorities bruises on her arm and neck that she sustained in an alleged altercation with McDonald. He was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence although no formal charges were filed.
And let us not forget the incident in December of 2014 that led to McDonald being named as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation (which led to his termination from the San Fransico 49'ers.)
Ray McDonald is like the energizer bunny, he just keeps going and going. On May 27, 2015 he was arrested again (second arrest in three days) for violating a restraining order stemming from the case we earlier reported. Tough luck for Ray McDonald, he's a free agent now, but might not be "free" much longer.