Just two days after San Francisco 49ers GM Trent Baalke received news of DE Ray McDonald’s alleged domestic violence, it was Baalke who spoke exclusively with the 49ers beat writers this afternoon. From Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows to CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, Baalke gave all of us beat writers some insight on how he will handle the McDonald situation.
Asked about the situation, Baalke said, “We’ve been in contact with the league on several occasions since this incident took place, and they know exactly the stance we’re taking and the things we’re trying to do to make the best possible decision we can. They’re guiding us, but they’re not telling us exactly how to handle this matter. And the matter will be handled by the organization.”
So does that mean that McDonald will play on Sunday? That’s still up in the air as Baalke said, “There’s a such thing as due process…That remains to be seen. We’re still in the fact-finding mode, trying to get as much information as we can, and we’ll have more knowledge later today and certainly more knowledge the next day and moving forward. Nothing has been determined at this point.”
Not to mention, the 49ers allowed McDonald to participate in today’s practice, it remains to be seen how they handle this matter. Baalke having two daughters himself said, “It hits home.”
According to an earlier report by 49ers Insider Maiocco:
“The victim had visible injuries. The suspect was arrested and booked into county jail for Domestic Violence,” according to Larry Esquivel, San Jose’s Chief of Police.
McDonald would then post $25,000 bail. So what exactly happened and who was at that party? Just ask 49ers TE Vernon Davis as he said a “big number” attended McDonald’s party. In addition he said that he didn’t know if it was “half or 75 percent” of the team.
Davis would go on to say, “I didn’t see anything, I didn’t hear anything. I don’t know what went on over there. I wish I could put my finger on it, but I don’t know. All I do know is Ray is a great guy. He’s awesome. He’s got great character. Everyone on the team knows that. He’s a guy of good integrity, great character, hard worker, good player, comes to work each and every day.”
Shortly thereafter the beat writers caught up with All-Pro and team captain ILB Patrick Willis. Asked what he thought of the McDonald situation he said, “Obviously we understand what’s going on right now. The situation with Ray but that’s something that we’re not supposed to talk on, we won’t talk on. He just knows that we have his back. And we never condone anything of this magnitude but it is what it is, and there’s two sides to every story.”