Posted: 8:08 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

49ers Ray McDonald speaks with KTVU after release from jail

Ray McDonald mugshot
Ray McDonald mugshot

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SAN JOSE, Calif. —

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

McDonald spoke with KTVU's Azenith Smith after he was released from jail, as he was looking for a taxi. He was fairly quiet about his arrest but did say, "the truth will come out." He added, "Everyone knows what kind of person I am... I'm a good hearted person."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL's fiercest defenses. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.

Sunday’s arrest was not a first for McDonald, in 2010 he was arrested for an outstanding warrant stemming from a DUI arrest that year.

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