Fooch's Note: There is a memo with some details floating around. Ian Rapoport tweeted some of it:
Santa Clara DA interoffice memo on why there are no charges for Ray McDonald: "Both parties state Jane Doe struck Ray McDonald first…"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2014
Santa Clara DA on McDonald… "Injuries consistent with restraint & ensuing scuffle rather than an attack." They cannot prove a crime occurred— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2014
Final word from Santa Clara DA on McDonald: "Left with insufficient evidence, it is not permissible by policy or by law to charge a crime."— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 10, 2014
The Santa Clara district attorney's office will not file charges against San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, according to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Hamed Aleaziz. This comes due to what Smith described as insufficient evidence. We have started to get a few details from the DA's office:
SJ DA says woman in Ray McDonald case 'struck him' and he 'forcibly attempted to remove her from the home'— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) November 10, 2014
McDonald called 'a SJ police officer' saying he needed to get 'a female' out of his house. That woman then called 911, SJ DA says— Evan Sernoffsky (@EvanSernoffsky) November 10, 2014
McDonald was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence back in August after a party at his house. It came amidst the NFL's attempts to figure out how they would handle domestic violence convictions and arrests. McDonald was the first arrest following the implementation of the new policy. Roger Goodell said the league would wait for the legal process to play out. I would say this means McDonald will not face a suspension, but sometimes it is hard to figure out exactly how the NFL will handle a given personal conduct issue. My guess is we don't see McDonald face a suspension, but at some point we will probably hear something from the league.
The whole situation was extremely volatile. Word got out about incidents at the home back in May, and then there were questions about what appeared to be an overly cozy relationship between the 49ers and the local police. But after all is said and done, there will be no charges. Hopefully McDonald and his fiancee have figured out something with their relationship, because it strikes me as volatile. They are having a child together, so that's really the most important reason to get their relationship straightened out in some form or fashion.