Chicago Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest for domestic violence

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)-- Chicago Bears have released defensive lineman Ray McDonald.

Police say McDonald assaulted a woman who was holding a baby and was arrested for domestic violence in Northern California.

Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke reports that McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.

It was not immediately known if the woman or the baby were injured.

“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 in a statement.  “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”

In December, the 49ers released McDonald.

Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in March. Late last year, prosecutors announced they had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence probe linked to an August arrest during a party at his Northern California home. A different woman has also accused McDonald of rape.

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