BALTIMORE (WJZ)—Just a few days after the NFL creates stricter penalties for domestic abusers, another player is charged with beating his fiancee.
Jessica Kartalija reports the league is under the microscope again following the firestorm surrounding Ray Rice.
Oddly enough, the other coach Harbaugh is dealing with this latest incident as it involves a defensive end for the 49ers.
What happened inside an Atlantic City casino in February led to the controversial suspension of Ravens running back Ray Rice and new NFL penalties for offenders.
San Francisco 49ers player Ray McDonald is out on bail Monday morning facing serious charges. According to the San Francisco police department, McDonald was having a birthday party at his home Saturday night when police were called. His fiancee–who is pregnant—showed police bruising on her neck and arms.
McDonald was arrested and is now facing fallout from police and the league.
“He’s looking at a felony, which could land him in state prison,” said Christian Prince.
Domestic and violent assault offense will result in a six game suspension for first time offenders and a lifetime ban for a second offense.
“It’s ridiculous. They have to announce this rule and a day or two later…you’ve already broken that rule,” said Thunder Harley.
The arrest will be the first test for the NFL’s strict new policy regarding domestic abuse. Rice received just a two game suspension for assaulting his then-girlfriend Janay Palmer inside an Atlantic City casino. Following the change in NFL policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a letter to all 32 teams, admitting that he made a mistake in the Ray Rice case, writing, “I didn’t get it right. We have to do better and we will.”
The 49ers haven’t made a public comment in the incident with McDonald and his fiancee. In the past, Jim Harbaugh has made it very clear that he has zero tolerance for people who beat women.
Rice begins his two-game suspension this week.
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