49ers player arrested on domestic violence charges

SAN JOSE - 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on domestic violence charges early Sunday morning, San Jose police confirmed.

Police responded to a domestic violence call just before three this morning on the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive.

McDonald was taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on felony domestic violence charges.

San Jose Police spokeswoman Heather Randol said McDonald was released late Sunday morning after posting $25,000 bail.

Randol said the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is now reviewing the case.

The San Francisco 49ers would not comment on his arrest, referring media to a statement.

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

The NFL Player's Association declined to comment on the arrest.

McDonald is the first player arrested since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell instituted the league's new domestic violence policy Thusday.

ESPN reports the new rules include a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban after the second.

The player could appeal the lifetime ban after one year.

The NFL made these changes just a few weeks after Goodell suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

Rice was allegedly caught on an elevator surveillance camera striking his then-fiancee.

McDonald is in his eighth season in the NFL after being drafted in the third round out of Florida in 2007.


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