Yesterday was an ugly day for the NFL, which suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice indefinitely, after TMZ published a video of him brutally knocking out his fiance in a hotel elevator. Today, attention turns again to the 49ers, who have their own domestic abuse suspect to deal with. Defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested two weeks ago after police arrived at his San Jose home to find his fiancee with visible injuries. Unlike Rice, however, McDonald has remained with the team, taking 60 plays in Sunday's opener.
So what's the difference? (Besides the lack of video evidence, of course.) According to the 49ers CEO Jed York, plenty. In the first time he has addressed the issue, the team owner told KNBR 680, "I will not punish somebody until we see evidence something should be done or until an entire police investigation shows us something. Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice.'' Coach Jim Harbaugh has taken a similar position, arguing that until the investigation concludes McDonald should continue playing.
Reports have also surfaced that police were called to McDonald's house in May.