UPDATE 09/18/2014: Details are beginning to emerge about the sordid history of Ray McDonald and his girlfriend, with a spiraling tale of domestic violence from both sides.
According to reports, Ray McDonald’s girlfriend was assaulted in an August incident following the 49ers D-Lineman’s birthday party at McDonald’s home.
Following the incident, McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges, though the 49ers are allowing him to remain active while the legal process play out.
In May, San Jose police were called to McDonald’s home previously/, for an altercation between an “engaged couple,” on May 25. In that incident, McDonald’s girlfriend is alleged to have pulled a gun and held it at her side during an argument, before running out of the home. The gun was not pointed at, or used to threaten anyone.
As a side note to this story, rumors persist that McDonald has now married the still unnamed girlfriend. We’ll keep an eye on that as this develops.
Good lord, what is happening with the NFL players? If you’ve been reading the papers recently, you’d think the National Football League was made up exclusively of ruffians, hooligans, riff-raff, rowdies, and yahoos. The National Hoi Polloi League. Well, giant-of-a-man Ray McDonald’s girlfriend is pregnant, and she is the latest victim of the National Riff-Raff League. Let’s hope San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh kicks him off the team.
The full story, as we understand it, goes something like this: big birthday bash for Ray McDonald is thrown, Ray McDonald’s pregnant girlfriend is in attendance along with many of McDonald’s teammates, Ray McDonald allegedly strikes his girlfriend and causes bruising and marks, Ray McDonald gets arrested by the po-po. One of his teammates, tight end Vernon Davis, told ESPN that he was on his way out with the coppers showed up to take him away, and he said he didn’t see anything. Davis had actually already posted pictures of the party on Instagram, but took them down because he didn’t want to associate with any of the drama that unfolded.
I like Harbaugh’s stance on this kind of thing. No tolerance. You hit a kid or a wife or abuse them in some way, you’re gone. It’s probably only a matter of time before he’s off the team. He showed up to practice because it’s not yet been determined what exactly went down, and nobody wants to be too hasty pasty and accuse McDonald of beating his girlfriend if that’s not actually what happened. I don’t know what the alternative scenario would be– perhaps she walked into a light pole? Immediately after McDonald left jail, he said “The truth will come out, you know. I can’t say too much right now but the truth will come out. Everybody knows what kind of person I am. I’m a good-hearted person.” Uhhhh…..I think I’m missing something here, but we shall see.