Bears Cut Ties With DE Ray McDonald
Ray McDonald’s redemption tour has already hit a snag. The former San Francisco 49ers star defensive end was trying to start fresh with the Chicago Bears following last year’s run-in with domestic violence. His clean-up act didn’t last long.
Per reports, the Bears have already cut ties with McDonald, after he was recently arrested for pushing a woman who was holding a child. Charged with domestic violence and child endangerment, McDonald appeared to be the same guy that was accused of violent behavior off the field with the Niners and the Bears felt they had no choice but to wipe their hands clean of him.
Per a statement released by the team, GM Ryan Pace made it clear that McDonald was brought aboard with little wiggle room, saying,”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. He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
It really is as simple as that. While it’s entirely possible (although not overly likely) that McDonald is wrongly accused in this instance or the charges could be dropped, the Bears probably put everything from the past year or so together and made an educated decision.
Or it was just a PR move to save face for hiring a domestic violence accuser to beef up their defense.
An argument can be had about McDonald’s presence on the team and how much he meant (he was a stud defensive lineman that would have positively impacted their new 3-4 scheme), but Bears offensive lineman Kyle Long’s tweet over his departure probably says all we need to know about how McDonald was being perceived even inside Chicago’s own building.
If the charges stand, McDonald will be in some serious hot water with the league and it’s quite possible he never plays another down in te NFL again. Regardless, it’s back to the drawing board at defensive end for the Bears, who have one less elite presence on a defense that has struggled mightily over the past three seasons.
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