Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was picked up by policy early Sunday morning and jailed on felony domestic violence charges, according to multiple reports.
The Sacramento Bee reports McDonald was apparently involved in an altercation with his fiancee at a party held at his home to celebrate his 30th birthday in which other 49ers were present. A source told the Bee McDonald's fiancee is 10 weeks pregnant.
McDonald was booked at 5:30 a.m. in Santa Clara County Jail. Bail has not been set.
"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," the team said in an issued statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."
This week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell instituted harsher penalties for domestic violence charges after backlash stemming from Ray Rice's modest two-game suspension after he struck his then-fiancee in February.
In a letter written to all 32 club owners, the policy states that a first domestic violence offense leads to a six-game suspension. The second: a lifetime ban from the league.
The letter states:
"We will address these issues fairly and thoughtfully, respecting the rights of all involved and giving proper deference to law enforcement and the courts. If someone is charged with domestic violence or sexual assault, there will be a mandatory evaluation and, where professionally indicated, counseling or other specialized services. 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."
The league suspended Aldon Smith Friday for nine games under the personal conduct policy and the program for substances of abuse after two DUI arrests, felony weapons charges (dropped to misdemeanors) and an incident at LAX in the spring over allegations of a false bomb threat. No charges were filed in that case.
Part of Smith's penalty resulted from his "repeat offender" status, in which McDonald might qualify. He was arrested for an alleged DUI in 2010.
The 49ers kept six defensive ends, including McDonald, on the 53-man roster announced Saturday. Likely playing his in his stead during a potential suspension will be Tony Jerod-Eddie, Demarcus Dobbs, Quinton Dial and Tank Carradine.
McDonald has appeared in 101 games and made 54 starts since being drafted in the third round in the 2007 draft out of Florida.
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