In May, San Jose police were called to McDonald's home due to a dispute between a man and a woman in which the woman eventually pulled a gun on the man. Neither McDonald nor his fiancée were named in the statement released by police Thursday:
“An engaged couple (a male and female subject) were in an argument when the female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side. When the male subject informed the female subject that he was going to call 911, the female subject put the firearm away and fled without incident. The female subject did not make any threats or point the firearm at the male subject. Both subjects have been identified and were contacted.”
McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on the suspicion that he beat his pregnant fiancée. The investigation into McDonald is still ongoing, and no charges have yet been filed. McDonald has continued to play for the 49ers, as 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and CEO Jed York have said they won't discipline McDonald until there are further developments in his case.
The defensive tackle's arrest came with the NFL mired in controversy about domestic violence after the release of video showing running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée.
In the past week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, indicted on child abuse charges, was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list on Wednesday. Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy, convicted in July of assaulting and communicating threats to his ex-girlfriend, was also placed on the list on Wednesday.
Former 49ers great Jerry Rice said on SI: Now on Thursday that he believes the team should bench McDonald until his case is resolved.
- Ben Estes