Defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released for the second time since December due to off-the-field behavior.
The Chicago Bears cut ties with McDonald on Monday, just hours after he was arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges, according to Santa Clara police. Bail has been set at $15,000 at Santa Clara County Jail.
The 49ers released McDonald in December with general manager Trent Baalke citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”
The Bears signed McDonald in March to a one-year contract with no guaranteed money.
“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” general manager Ryan Pace said via the team’s Twitter account. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
Bears two-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Kyle Long weighed in via Twitter with immediate reaction to his team’s decision to release McDonald: “Good riddance.”
McDonald was arrested and accused of domestic violence in August. In November, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced McDonald would not face charges.
In December, McDonald was again named as a suspect in a sexual assault allegation. McDonald and current 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks were recently named in a civil suit. The case remains under review, according to the D.A.’s office.
McDonald, 30, is an eight-year pro who enterd the NFL as a third-round draft pick of the 49ers in 2007.