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49ers, Ray McDonald Issue Statements after DA Declines Charges

Posted Nov 10, 2014

The defensive tackle and his head coach both spoke to the Monday morning announcement that came as welcomed news to San Francisco.

The San Francisco 49ers learned Monday morning that defensive tackle Ray McDonald would not be charged as a result of his Aug. 31 arrest.

The team released this statement before 11 a.m.

“The issue of domestic violence is important to us, as it is throughout society. We have taken this allegation seriously, just as we have taken the principles of due process seriously. We have said from the beginning that we will consider the information available, allow the facts to lead to our decisions and respect the judicial process. Based on the information available to us and the District Attorney’s decision not to file charges, there will be no change in Ray’s status with the team.” 

McDonald released his own statement.

"I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and I understand and respect that law enforcement had a job to do, which is why I cooperated fully with their investigation from beginning to end. I am relieved that the DA's office has rightfully decided not to file charges. I want to thank everyone who was supportive during this difficult time."

Jim Harbaugh was asked about the news at his weekly press conference on Monday.

“Just heard that today,” the coach told reporters. “As I’ve said from the very beginning, I was never there to stand up here and say what did or didn’t happen as any of us. The stance on domestic violence… that principle of being completely against it. And also the principle for being for due process and respect of the judicial system, legal process and that these are people’s lives. Let the facts and the information lead to the decisions that we would make as an organization and that ultimately the authorities would make. They had a process. They had an investigative process that now seems to be concluded. That’s my reaction to it. Feel like the process led to a conclusion.

“I’ve known Ray; in my interactions with him, he’s told me the truth. I really felt from the very beginning that if this was something that Ray was telling on the truth on, (then), yes, he could be strong; he could be courageous; he could live his life; do his job to the best of his ability. If you’re not telling the truth, then I think that would be an unbearable weight, for what that’s worth.”

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