Ray McDonald Indicted For Rape, Ruins Second Chances For Many Other Athletes
The public relations nightmare continues for the San Francisco 49ers, as Ray McDonald, a former 49ers defensive lineman, and current 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks were indicted in a sexual assault case Wednesday, according to the San Jose Mercury.
The 49ers officially cut ties with McDonald back in December after the rape accusation was filed. The Chicago Bears signed him this offseason — and then they cut him after another domestic violence investigation was opened.
McDonald faces one count of rape an he could serve up to eight years in prison, whereas Brooks is charged with one count of misdemeanor sexual battery, and could face six months in jail.
What is “misdemeanor sexual battery,” you ask? The woman (the same one that filed charges against McDonald), said Brooks groped her in a sexual manner.
— Ethan Hammerman (@Ethanhamm) August 27, 2015
With multiple cases looming against McDonald, and after seeing the fallout from when the NFL and the 49ers allowed him to play last season despite a previous domestic violence accusation, McDonald essentially pissed on the chances of many players getting another chance after one of these incidents.
Take Ray Rice, for instance.
For all intents and purposes, Rice is doing everything one could ask of a person that was caught on video knocking his wife out in an elevator. He has been contrite, knowing his missteps are the reason everything came apart in his life last year.
Hell, Rice even has an anti-violence group coming out and saying he deserves a second chance to play in the NFL.
But if you thought the fallout from McDonald returning to play was bad, just wait until Rice steps back on the field for some well-meaning team looking for running back help.
McDonald is in deep trouble, as are many that are earnestly hoping for a second chance after his stupidity.
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