The Chicago Bears said they would have a zero-tolerance policy with Ray McDonald, and as it turns out, they meant it.
The Bears released McDonald on Monday following his arrest in Santa Clara, California, on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment.
“He essentially assaulted – or is accused to have assaulted – a woman who was holding a baby,” Chicago Sun-Times Bears reporter Patrick Finley said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “This happened at like 3:45 in the morning in the Santa Clara area, and then he fled and went to Justin Smith’s house – or at least a house that is registered to Justin Smith, his former teammate with the 49ers. He was officially arrested about 7 a.m.”
Six hours later, he was out of a job.
“They told him they wouldn’t tolerate any shenanigans and I guess they meant it,” Finley said of the Bears. “It really makes the signing look bad. The signing was only 60-some days ago, and he didn’t even make it to the point where he could play a preseason snap.”
Monday marked McDonald’s latest brush-up with the law, as the December sexual assault case against him remains open. The troubled defensive lineman has gotten off on various legal charges in his career, but incidents such as what occurred Monday make him seem guilty of all of them.
Just how dumb is this guy?
“It’s amazing,” Finley said. “He hasn’t been convicted of anything, but now three times since last August, he’s had a police incident. He’s been arrested twice and has been accused one other time. How dumb is he? I’ll answer this pretty bluntly. Very dumb. This was his last chance to stick in the National Football League. I don’t see any team that’s going to go ahead and sign him now. The reason he wound up with the Bears is because his old defensive coordinator, Vic Fangio, is the new defensive coordinator here. He vouched for him. The Bears’ chairman (George McCaskey) said no, and then McDonald showed up, hat in hand, and essentially convinced George McCaskey to agree to sign him. They knew they were playing a dangerous game when they did. They went out of their way to say this would be a zero-tolerance thing, and then this happened two months later. What team in the world is going to take a chance on this guy now?”
McDonald, 30, has 210 tackles, 19.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception in his eight-year NFL career – all with the 49ers. McDonald signed with the Bears in March. His deal was worth $1.05 million but included no guaranteed money.
He was on a short leash and then some. And he couldn’t even make it to training camp.
Now he’s gone, and the Bears are kicking themselves.
“This is a petty terrible thing all the way around,” Finley said. “Morally, ethically, from a P.R. standpoint, football-wise – it’s just bad news all the way around.”