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49ers players mum about what happened at Ray McDonald’s house

09/02/2014 2:14 PM

10/08/2014 12:17 PM

Tight end Vernon Davis said he was present at Ray McDonald's house when police arrived early Sunday morning but that he saw neither McDonald's arrest nor the incident with McDonald's fiancee that led to it.

“Unfortunately, I didn't see anything, I didn't hear anything,” Davis said. “So I don't know what went on over there. Wish I could put my finger on it but I don't know. What I do know, Ray is a great guy. He's awesome.”

The San Jose Police Department released a three-sentence synposis of McDonald’s arrest, including that the victim “had visible injuries.” McDonald’s first court appearance is Sept. 15.

Other 49ers also had little to say about what happened at McDonald's birthday celebration, and it was apparent that the team had been intructed to be tight-lipped about the ongoing legal matter. Teammate Patrick Willis, the unofficial spokesman for the 49ers' defense, said he wouldn't answer questions about Sunday's incident, only that he supports McDonald.

Asked if he had spoken with McDonald to get his side of the story, backup defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie said, “It’s an ongoing legal investigation, so I don’t want to touch on anything on it.” Was he advised not to say anything? “No, just out of respect for Ray as my friend and as my teammate, I just don’t want to talk about it.”

McDonald was not made available during the open locker-room session Tuesday, the first since McDonald's arrest on suspicion of felony domestic abuse. McDonald practiced with the team Tuesday but his status for Sunday’s game in Dallas is unresolved, general manager Trent Baalke said.

Davis said half of the team was present at the party. “I was there with the other guys, probably half the team was there,” he said. “Having a good time, just enjoying the team. That's what I posted on my Instagram. Relaxing, enjoying the team.”

Davis posted a photo on Instagram of the party location Saturday night, then on Sunday took the picture down. Why'd he do that?

“Took it down, just because,” Davis said. “Just because.”

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Matt Barrows was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Sacramento Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the San Francisco 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green. Reach Barrows at mbarrows@sacbee.com.
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