49ers’ Ray McDonald arrested for Domestic Abuse, likely suspended six games

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Just two days after the San Francisco 49ers found out the news on OLB Aldon Smith’s nine-game suspension, it’s another player who is now in hot water as DE Ray McDonald was arrested earlier this morning for alleged domestic abuse. To make matters worse, the victim was pregnant.

The incident reportedly took place in San Jose, California at his house on Bentley Ridge Dr. at around 2:45 am as he along with other 49ers were celebrating his birthday which falls on September 2. Aldon was not among the attendees.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recently imposed a stiffer penalty for domestic violence after Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice was caught on video beating his wife as he said:

“Violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence and sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to enhanced discipline. A first offense will be subject to a suspension of six weeks without pay. Mitigating circumstances will be considered, and more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the league; an offender may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary consequences apply to all NFL personnel.”

This isn’t the first time McDonald has been in trouble with the law as McDonald had a DUI back in 2010.

With McDonald likely to be suspended if convicted, it will now be up to DE Quinton Dial and DE Tank Carradine to be the next man-up. And if you’re asking if they can get the job done, my answer is absolutely as I believe Carradine is better than McDonald anyways.

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