Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that former 49ers and Bears DL Ray McDonald is facing multiple charges stemming from a domestic violence incident that led to him being released by the Bears.
According to Branch, the charges McDonald is facing includes: felony false imprisonment, misdemeanor domestic violence, child endangerment and violating court order to stay away from the victim.
McDonald is scheduled to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in San Jose. Branch mentions that if McDonald is convicted, he could end up serving up to three years in prison.
Prosecutor James Demertzis said of McDonald’s case: “It is unconscionable and illegal for any woman to be trapped whether it be behind a dining room table or in a relationship filled with fear and violence.”
McDonald, 30, signed a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Bears that included $450,000 available through incentives. However, the Bears wasted no time in releasing him after he was arrested back in May.
In 2014, McDonald appeared in 14 games and recorded 39 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble for the 49ers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the N0. 12 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 47 qualifying players.
It’s very likely that his NFL career is over.