UPDATE: The Chicago Bears released McDonald hours after his arrest was announced.
New Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested on Monday morning in California and charged with domestic violence and child endangerment.
According to the Sacramento Bee, McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. in San Jose at a home that belongs to former 49er Justin Smith.
McDonald is no stranger to trouble, particularly regarding domestic violence. The 49ers released McDonald on December 17th, citing a “pattern of poor decision making.”
He was arrested in August on suspicion of felony domestic violence, but he was never charged in the incident. In December, he was arrested for sexual assault. He has yet to be either charged or cleared in that incident.
The Bears took a chance signing him, and it was a chance that Bears chairman George McCaskey initially was against and didn’t allow. After McDonald flew to Chicago to meet with McCaskey, and after McCaskey spoke with McDonald’s parents, he signed off on general manager Ryan Pace’s decision to sign McDonald to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with zero guaranteed money.