by Aaron Wilson
August 31, 02014
San Francisco 49ers veteran defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested on a charge of suspicion of domestic violence, according to NBC Bay Area.
"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”
He's been booked into jail with no bail, according to Santa Clara Department of Correction records.
Per the report, McDonald's alleged victim is pregnant.
McDonald could be facing a six-game suspension under NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's increased penalties for domestic violence.
Here's part of the letter Goodell sent to owners:
“Effective immediately, violations of the Personal Conduct Policy regarding assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force will be subject to a suspension without pay of six games for a first offense, with consideration given to mitigating factors, as well as a longer suspension when circumstances warrant. Among the circumstances that would merit a more severe penalty would be a prior incident before joining the NFL, or violence involving a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child. A second offense will result in banishment from the NFL; while an individual may petition for reinstatement after one year, there will be no presumption or assurance that the petition will be granted. These disciplinary standards will apply to all NFL personnel.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun