The agent of former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald is reportedly telling NFL teams his free-agent client will not face criminal charges after an allegation of sexual assault surfaced in December.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported agent Tom Condon wrote to teams that McDonald’s legal counsel was told the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office will not pursue charges against McDonald. A high-ranking executive for an AFC team told CSNBayArea.com the letter was not sent to his team.
The DA’s office released a statement on Thursday that disclosed the investigation is ongoing. The statement read:
“The district attorney’s office has made no decision on the most recent Ray McDonald matter. When the investigation is complete, this office will release our findings publicly or through publicly filed charges.”
Free agency is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Because McDonald was released, he is eligible to sign with any team immediately.
The 49ers released McDonald on Dec. 17, shortly after learning that San Jose Police named McDonald as a suspect in an alleged sexual assault. A month earlier, the DA’s office determined McDonald would not be charged after a 10-week investigation into an alleged domestic violence incident involving his pregnant fiancée.
"While this organization has a strong belief in due process and has demonstrated that over time, Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions for this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in announcing McDonald’s release.
The 49ers are not expected to be interested in re-signing McDonald regardless of the outcome of the investigation.
The 49ers on Thursday signed veteran defensive lineman Darnell Dockett, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals, to help compensate for McDonald's departure. McDonald was a starter for the 49ers' defensive line the past four seasons.