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49ers decide to go in a different direction.

It is being reported that San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald has been released by the team.  The 7-year veteran was served a warrant, and had his home searched by police after he was revealed to be a suspect in a sexual assault case stemming from an incident on Tuesday (December 16).  The details in the situation are still at a minimum.



San Jose police report getting a call from a local area hospital regarding a possible sexual assault victim who was receiving treatment. Officers responded and made contact with the adult female victim. The victim alleged she was possibly sexually assaulted a day prior. The preliminary investigation revealed the alleged suspect was Ray McDonald.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke made the announcement, stating that the team parted ways with McDonald after a “pattern of poor decision-making.”  The defensive lineman was in hot water at the start of the season as well, after he was arrested back in August on domestic violence charges following a dispute with his pregnant fiancé.  Though the NFL was facing heavy public scrutiny at the time due to the handling of the Ray Rice domestic incident, the 49ers chose to stick by McDonald, stating the need to let due process run its course.

Seems as though this time, the heat was far too much to handle.