SANTA CLARA (KPIX 5) — After Santa Clara County prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against Ray McDonald, the San Francisco 49er shared his side of the story Tuesday with reporters outside the Levi’s Stadium locker room.
On Monday, the DA said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the defensive end in connection with an August incident at his San Jose home involving his fiancée. McDonald said he understands investigators were just doing their job.
“I understand. You know the police had a job to do. They 100 percent made a correct decision,” McDonald said.
Relieved the charges were dropped, McDonald said he just wants to move on with his life and career.
“I knew what kind of guy I was and what kind of upbringing I had and that I respect women. I knew the truth would come out like I said that it would eventually come out,” McDonald said.
When asked if the investigation affected his play, McDonald said, “It didn’t affect me a whole lot but it was weighing on my mind a little bit because it’s all this stuff that people are saying about me that wasn’t true it sucks. It sucks that having people say stuff that you know isn’t true. I just had to keep my mouth shut and let the whole process play out.”
McDonald also talked about being grouped with other National Football League players accused of domestic violence.
“I think Jed York said it best, I’m not Ray Rice. I’m not these other guys. I’m just not. I know what kind of person I am. They know what kind of person I am. That’s why they let me play,” he said.
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