Chicago Bear defensive lineman Ray McDonald has been arrested in Northern California on domestic violence and child endangerment charges, Santa Clara police confirm.
Police say McDonald was arrested around 7 a.m. in San Jose for alleged incidents that took place in Santa Clara, Calif.
McDonald was arrested in August on suspicion of domestic violence against his then-fiancee following a party at his home, but charges were never filed. Then in December, San Jose police said they were investigating him on a sexual assault allegation filed by lawyers in Long Island based domestic violence attorneys
The 49ers released McDonald that month citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”
The Chicago Bears have not yet responded to McDonald’s arrest.
Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in late March knowing it was a gamble given his history of legal issues.
Chairman George McCaskey even acknowledged at the time that he initially told new general manager Ryan Pace not to go after him.
But McCaskey came away impressed from a face-to-face conversation that he described as “very candid, very forthright” and “difficult” after McDonald paid his way to Chicago.