Ray McDonald was just mad and going to take his TVs after a non-physical argument with the mother of his child, his lawyer said Tuesday.
McDonald was arrested on charges of misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment, released on $15,000 bail and cut by the Chicago Bears on Monday. The 911 call from McDonald’s ex-fiancee’s mother, which surfaced Tuesday, said McDonald broke down a door and tried to take his baby before leaving. The police report said that McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby.
That’s just a big misunderstanding, his lawyer told the San Jose Mercury News.
McDonald’s lawyer Steve DeFilippis said there was an argument but it never became physical. He said the incident was witnessed by McDonald’s driver and videotaped in part by the ex-fiancee, and that will show McDonald never attacked or tried to imprison her. He just wanted to take those flat screens after the argument.
“They’re arguing and he gets mad and says he’s leaving and says he’s taking his TVs,” DeFilippis said, according to the Mercury News.
The Bears moved quickly to cut McDonald, in large part because of McDonald’s past. McDonald was arrested in a domestic violence incident last August and also accused of sexual assault later in 2014, but he was not charged in either case. Last December the San Francisco 49ers cut McDonald, and the Bears signed him in March. The Mercury News said it’s not known yet if Santa Clara police will forward McDonald’s latest case to prosecutors for review.
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