Back on August 31, San Francisco 49ers DE Ray McDonald was arrested for alleged domestic abuse. 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. However, those charges will no longer be filed according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office.
All domestic violence complaints deserve our concern, sensitivity and careful review,” District Attorney Jeff Rosen said in the release. “After our thorough review of all the facts, we do not have evidence sufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Mr. McDonald committed a crime” against his fiancee.
McDonald released a statement saying:
McDonald then released a statement saying, “I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and I understand and respect that law enforcement had a job to do, which is why I cooperated fully with their investigation from beginning to end. I am relieved that the DA’s office has rightfully decided not to file charges. I want to thank everyone who was supportive during this difficult time.”
The 49ers released their statement saying:
“The issue of domestic violence is important to us, as it is throughout society. We have taken this allegation seriously, just as we have taken the principles of due process seriously. We have said from the beginning that we will consider the information available, allow the facts to lead to our decisions and respect the judicial process. Based on the information available to us and the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges, there will be no change in Ray’s status with the team.”