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May 26 2015 - DE Ray McDonald officially had his contract terminated by the Bears Tuesday (May 26).
May 25 2015 - DE Ray McDonald will be officially released Tuesday (May 26) by the Bears after he was arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment in Santa Clara, Calif., on Monday.
Police were called to a disturbance at 3:48 a.m. at an apartment in Santa Clara, only to find that McDonald had left to go to a friend's home in San Jose. McDonald was arrested around 7 a.m. at the home of retired 49ers defensive lineman Justin Smith.
Police Lt. Kurt Clarke said in a news release that McDonald was arrested after officers said he "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby."
The alleged victim is McDonald's ex-fiancee, who had been residing with the child in an apartment paid for by McDonald, according to NBC Bay Area, which first reported the arrest.
This was the third incident in the past nine months involving accusations against McDonald for domestic violence or sexual assault.
Upon releasing him Monday, Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement, "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."
Apr 27 2015 - DE Ray McDonald has been cleared by the NFL after its domestic-violence investigation, but the league continues to look at his alleged sexual-assault incident.
McDonald, who signed with the Bears last month to a one-year, $1.05 million contract that doesn't include any guaranteed money, was allowed to play for the San Francisco 49ers amid the domestic-violence accusation last year.
The NFL has confirmed that it investigated McDonald and cleared him of any violation of the personal-conduct policy.
"We have completed that (domestic-violence) investigation," NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Friday. "(Special counsel for investigations) Lisa (Friel) and her team completed that investigation (and) did not establish a violation of the personal-conduct policy. We informed the player and the (NFL) Players Association."
However, McDonald is also being investigated in connection with an alleged sexual assault. McDonald has not been charged in that case and he has said he will sue the woman who accused him.
"Just to be clear, Ray McDonald had two issues, as you may remember -- one related to a domestic-violence incident and one related to an alleged sexual assault," Friel said. "It's the domestic-violence incident that we have finished investigating and didn't find sufficient evidence to say that he violated the personal-conduct policy. The sexual-assault incident, that investigation is ongoing. That has not been completed, nor has the district attorney's office in Santa Clara County completed their investigation into that matter."
McDonald was arrested Aug. 31, 2014, on suspicion of felony domestic violence in San Jose, Calif., but no charges were filed because of insufficient evidence. Pash said McDonald was informed of the NFL's ruling a few weeks ago.
The 49ers released McDonald in December after allegations that police were investigating him on suspicion of sexual assault. San Jose police began that inve
Mar 24 2015 - DT Ray McDonald agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Bears Tuesday (March 24). McDonald will be reunited with former San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, who now holds the same position with the Bears.
The 49ers released McDonald in December after allegations that police were investigating him on suspicion of sexual assault. He also was accused of domestic abuse last August by his fiancee, but in November the case was was dropped without charges being filed.
Since 2011, McDonald started 56 games for the 49ers, including 14 last season. He had 39 tackles and three sacks in 2014. In his eight-year NFL career, all with the 49ers, McDonald has 210 career tackles, 19 1/2 sacks and one interception.
Dec 17 2014 - DE Ray McDonald had his contract terminated Wednesday after being identified as a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred at his house. McDonald had been signed through the 2017 season.
Nov 28 2014 - DE Ray McDonald was able to play through a finger injury suffered during Thursday's loss to Seattle. His status for next week's game at Oakland will become clearer when the 49ers return to work Monday.
Sep 22 2014 - DE Ray McDonald dislocated a finger in Sunday's loss at Arizona. He is not expected to miss any action. McDonald had three tackles in the game.
Dec 13 2013 - DT Ray McDonald (ankle) was listed as probable Friday is expected to play against Tampa Bay.
Dec 11 2013 - DT Ray McDonald (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, but is expected to play against Tampa Bay.
Dec 4 2013 - DT Ray McDonald (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday and will play against Seattle.