Ray McDonald Domestic Violence Investigation: 49ers Won't Suspend Him Unless Charges Are Made?
As it stands now, Ray McDonald will not face any disciplinary action from the 49ers unless charges are brought against him. The San Francisco defensive end is being investigated for domestic violence, but the case is mired in red tape and his hearing has been postponed. And for now, the 49ers are watching and waiting. They say they won't suspend him unless something changes.
Ray McDonald is being investigated after an alleged incident with his fiancée on August 31. A scheduled hearing was postponed, but reportedly won't be rescheduled unless charges are filed, according to ESPN.
San Francisco has allowed McDonald to continue playing, and will presumably do so until there is any new information (via ESPN):
"Due process does not mean carte blanche for McDonald, a league source said. If any damaging information or facts are documented by the investigation and charges are filed, the 49ers would immediately re-visit their position."
The article, written by ESPN's Chris Mortensen, suggests that the 49ers' front office is hesitant to be proactive because they sincerely hope he's innocent of any wrong doing (via Niners Nation):
"This Mortensen report would indicate that if he was charged, this would mean McDonald potentially had not told the 49ers everything, or had lied to them."
This has been a crazy year for the NFL. It's not as if these horrid things just started happening, but the media has seized on it, putting coaches and league executives under a microscope, as well as the players.
At this point, it seems that everyone is afraid to make a mistake, which is the most dangerous position anyone can be in.
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