Ray McDonald cut by Bears, allegedly assaulted woman while she was holding a baby

The Chicago Bears cut trouble-prone defensive lineman Ray McDonald after he was arrested early Sunday morning when he allegedly physically assaulted a woman while she was holding a baby. “We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.” McDonald joined the team after being arrested twice previously after women making assault allegations against him in the past year. Police responded to McDonald's residence at 3:48 a.m, but McDonald wasn't there. He was later arrested at the house of former 49ers teammate Justin Smith. McDonald was signed by the Bears after chairman George McCaskey initially didn't want him on the team due to his history of off-field issues. McDonald then went to Chicago and convinced McCaskey to give him a chance. He was signed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract that includes no guaranteed money. The deal has another $450,000 in incentives. The 49ers cut McDonald in December. In April, McDonald vowed that he's changed. “I learned a lot from my previous situations, to keep my circle tight,” McDonald said in April. “You can’t trust everybody because everybody doesn’t have your best interests at heart. I learned that and I’m just here now to play ball and try to help this team win. “I just surround myself with people who care about me and have my best interest at heart. When you do that it’s hard for you to go wrong. That’s what I’ve been focusing on.” Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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