The arrest was McDonald’s second in two days and his fifth since 2010. Santa Clara police said McDonald was issued a restraining order following his arrest Monday on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. Police said McDonald violated the restraining order “at about 2:52 p.m.” local time Wednesday and was then located and arrested without incident at a nearby Togo’s Sandwiches restaurant in Santa Clara.
Police accused McDonald on Monday of physically assaulting a victim while she was holding a baby. McDonald left that location and “was later located” at a San Jose, Calif., residence belonging to former teammate and recently retired defensive tackle Justin Smith.
The Bears released McDonald shortly after Monday's arrest. They signed the 30-year-old, eight-year NFL veteran last month to a one-year contract after he was released by the 49ers in December following what the team called “a pattern of behavior” stemming from previous arrests for DUI and a domestic violence dispute.
On Tuesday, Bears chairman George McCaskey said he thought the team had “safeguards in place” to prevent future incidences with McDonald after signing him.
“I’ve asked myself that question a lot: What more could I have done? Is there somebody else that we could have consulted with? Should I have taken more time to make a decision?” McCaskey told reporters. “I don’t know. We thought we had a good structure, a good support system and we thought we had the safeguards in place in case something like this happened.”
- Mike Fiammetta