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San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald met with investigators for nearly two hours on Thursday and is cooperating with authorities investigating him for suspicion of domestic violence, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Monday.
The San Jose Police Department has not completed its investigation of the incident, which occurred in the early morning of Aug. 31 at McDonald’s house. He was celebrating his 30th birthday when the incident involving his fiancé occurred. She is reportedly 10-weeks pregnant.
Officers responded to a 911 call at approximately 2 a.m., and McDonald was arrested on felony domestic violence charges. Chief of Police Larry Esquivel issued a three-sentence synopsis of the arrest, which stated “the victim had visible injuries.”
McDonald was taken into custody without incident and was released later that morning from Santa Clara County jail on $25,000 bail.
A police department spokesperson told CSNBayArea.com the 911 tapes of any calls made from McDonald’s home around the time of his arrest will not be released and that only the victim, or the victim’s representative, can obtain a copy of the complete report.
The police department also denied a request for a copy of a primary report taken the night of May 25 when officers responded to a call of a disturbance at McDonald’s home on Bentley Ridge Drive in San Jose. CSNBayArea.com first contacted the department for details of the May incident last week.
Sgt. Heather Randol responded that the report “is considered a record of investigation and is exempt from public disclosure.”
Tight end Vernon Davis attended McDonald’s birthday party. He estimated more than half the team attended the party. Davis said he did not witness the incident involving McDonald and his fiancé.
Coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke said last week the 49ers would not tolerate any acts of domestic violence.
“There are going to be two principles at play here,” Harbaugh said. “And one is, I’ll speak for myself, I’ll speak for the 49ers: We will not tolerate domestic violence. The second principle, we’re firm believers in is due process. And I ask for your understanding on those two principles."
McDonald continued to practice last week. He was late getting to the practice field on Thursday afternoon due to his meeting with investigators, the source said. McDonald was in the starting lineup when the 49ers opened the regular season against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He played 87 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps and was credited with three tackles in the 49ers’ 28-17 victory.
"Right now, it's a legal matter," Baalke said last week. "There's such a thing called due process and we intend to let that thing play out."
He added, "I don't know we'll wait for the court process. We're in the mode of finding out as many facts as we can, talking to as many people as we can, and trying to make the best decision we can for everybody involved: The organization, the player, the victim, everybody."
The arrest came just three days after NFL commissioner Goodell sent a letter to all 32 NFL owners detailing increased punishment after he was roundly criticized for his handling of the Ray Rice situation. Goodell suspended Rice for just two games of the regular season after an incident involving his then-fiance this offseason.
After video was released Monday that showed Rice punching his now-wife in an elevator, the Baltimore Ravens released him and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. Harbaugh, whose brother John is coach of the Ravens, declined comment Monday on Rice and whether it will impact how the 49ers handle the McDonald situation.
“We’ve been very clear on how we’re approaching the situation,” Jim Harbaugh said. “What’s determining: Facts. Facts will determine. And information will determine. And the principles.”
49ers Insider Matt Maiocco contributed to this report