Never a week goes by in the NFL without one of its players creating headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Ray McDonald is about to face a barrage of criticism yet again after his latest alleged off the field mistake.
McDonald found himself at the center of an intense saga last year following a domestic violence accusation when he was playing with the San Francisco 49ers. The lineman was then cut by the 49ers following a separate accusation of sexual assault and it now appears his career and personal life could be about to take another tailspin out of control.
According to Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area, McDonald has been arrested, with Trujillo stating that the new allegation is domestic violence related and "possible child endangerment.”
"BREAKING. Deja Vu. Ray McDonald arrested again. Domestic Violence. Possible Child Endangerment. #SCPD. @ChicagoBears," Trujillo tweeted on Monday.
“I had two incidents [in which] I feel like I didn’t do anything wrong, but still it’s in the spotlight,” McDonald said last month, according to ProFootballTalk. “It was in the national spotlight for quite some time. I’m just trying to move forward from it.”
Future with Chicago?
San Francisco received a great deal of criticism last year for not suspending McDonald, but this time around, the latest allegation could result in the lineman being placed on the NFL Commissioner's Exemption list.
It remains to be seen whether the Chicago Bears even retain the former 49er at this stage. It is well known that Bears owner George McCaskey was reluctant to allow McDonald to sign for Chicago based on his history, but he was in the end persuaded by general manager Ryan Pace.
This revelation now leaves Pace in a tricky situation and the GM will have to act fast to save himself from potential ridicule and heavy criticism.