Roger Goodell: NFL to let legal process play out in Ray McDonald case

Thursday September 4th, 2014

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will let the legal process play out before deciding any punishment for San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald, who was arrested Sunday on felony domestic violence charges.

McDonald, 30, was arrested for allegedly attacking a woman who is reportedly pregnant. He was released after posting $25,000 bail.

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Goodell announced new punishments for any NFL employee that is found guilty of "assault, battery, domestic violence or sexual assault that involve physical force." The punishment includes a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban from the NFL for a second offense.

"We don't (know the facts) right now and we're obviously following it very closely. But the policy will be applied uniformly across players, coaches, executives, commissioners. I think we made that very clear in the policy," Goodell said, according to USA Today.

The San Jose Police Department said that the investigation involving McDonald is still ongoing and the case has not been presented to the district attorney's office.

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