San Francisco 49ers star Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charges

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SAN JOSE, California (CBS News) – Ray McDonald, a star defensive end for the San Francisco 49ers, was booked into jail early Sunday on domestic violence charges.

He posted bail later Sunday and has been released.

Ray McDonald in a police booking photo taken August 31, 2014.  COURTESY: SAN JOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT

Ray McDonald in a police booking photo taken August 31, 2014. COURTESY: SAN JOSE POLICE DEPARTMENT

San Jose Police Sgt. Heather Randol told CBS San Francisco officers responded to reports of violence around 2:45 a.m., in an upscale neighborhood.

McDonald, 29, was subsequently taken into custody without incident and booked into Santa Clara County Jail.

The Sacramento Bee reports McDonald was arrested after his fiancee “showed police bruising on her neck and arms.”

Other 49ers were allegedly present at the time of the arrest, reports the Bee, including tight end Vernon Davis and defensive end Demarcus Dobbs.

Responding to incident, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke issued the following statement: “The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously. As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment.”

McDonald was drafted by San Francisco in the third round in 2007, and has been a leader and a stalwart on one of the NFL’s best defenses in recent years.

It is too early to say exactly what penalty the league will give McDonald, but last week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for all players accused of domestic violence.

The change came after Goodell received scathing criticism for his handling of the Ray Rice incident. The star Baltimore Ravens running back was given a two-game suspension after video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancee out of an elevator following a dispute.

In a letter and memo sent to all 32 teams owners, and obtained by CBS News, Goodell said he “didn’t get it right” in giving Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice a two-game suspension for allegedly hitting the woman who is now his wife.

An initial offense of this sort will draw a six-week ban without pay, although the memo says “more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”

The Sacramento Bee reports McDonald’s fiancee is believed to be pregnant.

In the case of a suspension for a second offense, the memo says, a player “may petition for reinstatement after one year but there is no assurance that the petition will be granted.”