The police have arrested Ray McDonald, the defensive end of the Chicago Bears, for assaulting a woman holding a baby in Northern California. It is not yet known if the woman or her baby sustained any injuries. The Chicago Bears and Tom Condon, McDonald’s agent, refused to comment initially.
Later, the Chicago Bears released the player for alleged involvement in a domestic violence case. They released a brief press note, in which they stated that they were severing ties with the player for allegedly assaulting a woman and causing danger to the life of a baby.
Ryan Pace, the general manager of the Bears, said: “We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear. He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
It may be recalled that the 49ers released the 30-year-old player in December when he became the prime accused in a sexual assault case. In August 2014, McDonald was arrested for domestic violence, but continued playing with the 49ers. In 2010, he was arrested for alleged drunk driving and also for sexual assault and domestic violence.
The Bears had taken a risk while signing a contract with McDonald, who was widely considered to be among the top 3-4 defensive ends in football although he did not have any Pro Bowls. During the last four seasons, he achieved 14 1/2 sacks and 112 tackles. His contract with the Bears was worth $1.5 million.