Ray McDonald is in trouble again. You knew he would be.
Everybody except the Bears, apparently, knew he would be.
The defensive end was arrested again Monday, this time on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment.
A summary released Monday by the Santa Clara (Calif.) Police Department said officers were “dispatched to a disturbance at the residence of Raymond McDonald in Santa Clara. Officers learned Raymond McDonald physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby.''
The release said McDonald was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges.
I hope the woman and child are safe and remain that way.
The Bears released McDonald on Monday afternoon, but that doesn't release them from owning the stupid moves that forced them to do so.
McDonald has been arrested before, twice in the last nine months as a result of women claiming he assaulted them. The Bears knew about his previous legal problems. They signed him anyway. They endured a lot of criticism. McDonald proved they deserved every bit of it, if not more.
McDonald said recently that he “learned from his previous situations.''
Whatever the courts might say, McDonald is at least guilty of bad decisions. He's at least guilty of putting himself in bad situations.
Same goes for the Bears.
A lot of people at Halas Hall signed off on this guy, from Chairman George McCaskey to general manager Ryan Pace to coach John Fox to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. They're all wearing this, some to worse degrees than others.
McCaskey said he spoke to McDonald and his parents before approving this controversial signing.
“The thing that impressed me after talking to them was his support system,'' McCaskey said at the NFL owners meetings in March.
That's some support system.
McCaskey said he did not speak to the accuser's side because “there's a certain amount of discounting in what they have to say.''
Or maybe there were important things McCaskey could've learned. I don't how the former prosecutor's work doesn't look sloppy. Incomplete, at least.
Same goes for Pace, Fox and Fangio. Especially Fangio.
The 49ers released McDonald after a December incident in which he became a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Fangio was the 49ers defensive coordinator at the time.
Before the Bears signed McDonald, Fangio said he told the player's agent that he would vouch for McDonald's character to other teams. He appeared to be the loudest voice in Halas Hall lobbying to sign McDonald.
Does anybody want to hear Fangio's character assessments again?
The Bears' decision-makers didn't need to put themselves in a situation that risks making the franchise look insensitive and stupid.
It has little to do with the idea that McDonald was not going to make the difference for a rebuilding team. It has more to do with a franchise that claims to value character.
Wonder if Virginia McCaskey is pissed off.