Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle:
Niners defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence early Sunday, San Jose police officials said.
Officers were called around 2:45 a.m. to the 2500 block of Bentley Ridge Drive, a home in San Jose’s upscale Silver Creek neighborhood, said police spokeswoman Sgt. Heather Randol. After a brief investigation by police, McDonald, 29, was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on $25,000 bail.
The 290 lb. defensive tackle from the San Francisco 49ers is the first NFL player to be arrested under the new domestic violence policy that took effect last week. Ray McDonald will appear in court on September 15, 2014.
Michael Schottey, Bleacherreport.com:
As facts continue to come to light in this case, the eyes of the entire NFL universe turn to Commissioner Roger Goodell and his new mandated policy on domestic violence.
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.
While the new policy is a vast improvement over the two game suspension of Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, it leaves many questions unanswered.
How does Goodell define "violation" for NFL's new domestic violence policy? Conviction or plea? Arrest? Accusation? Crucial Qs, no answers.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) August 31, 2014
Michael McCann of the University of New Hampshire is the Director of Sports & Entertainment Law. He is also a legal analyst for Sports Illustrated, and a Massachusetts attorney. He is considered an expert in his field. Michael definitely has some questions for NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Mr. C.J., 110nationsports.com:
Everybody will be watching to see how Goodell handles this. Will it be a two-game or six-game suspension, or will the NFL and Goodell put their foot down and get it right and remove this issue from the league?
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