Three months before they arrested Ray McDonald at his home, San Jose police responded to an incident involving a woman brandishing a handgun at the same house.
Police on Thursday released details of the incident on May 25 at approximately 8:09 p.m. According to the brief report, following an argument, a “female subject became upset, grabbed a firearm (handgun) registered to the male subject, and held it at her side.”
When the man called 911, the woman put the gun away and fled without incident. The report says the woman “did not make any threats or point the firearm at the male subject.” There were no arrests or criminal charges in the May incident.
The report identifies the two as “an engaged couple,” but sources said the incident involved McDonald and his fiancée and that it happened in the backyard of the same home on Bentley Ridge Drive in San Jose where McDonald was arrested Aug. 31.
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Sources have said the two have had a volatile relationship and that they had broken up earlier in the year. The woman, who has not been named, was 10 weeks pregnant when McDonald was arrested last month.
The arrest occurred during a birthday party for McDonald after police noticed bruises on his fiancée’s arms and one on her neck. Investigators still are looking into the matter and are interviewing witnesses, and no decision has been made whether to charge McDonald.
Police have not released a report about that incident, only a brief synopsis saying the woman had “visible injuries.”
After posting bail last month, McDonald told television reporters that “the truth will come out.”
“Everybody knows the kind of person that I am,” he said. “I’m a good-hearted person.”
McDonald has continued to practice with the 49ers and has started the team’s two games at left defensive end.
At a time when domestic violence and the NFL are receiving intense scrutiny, the decision to play McDonald has been roundly criticized, from former 49ers quarterback Steve Young to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco.
On Thursday, former 49ers wide receiver Jerry Rice joined those who said he thought the team should suspend McDonald while the investigation continues.
“When you have something that’s weighing you down like that, and because it’s a very important topic,” Rice told SI.com. “It’s very sensitive. I just feel he should have been taken off the field.”
Coach Jim Harbaugh has been asked about McDonald during nearly every news conference he’s had in the last 19 days, and he has stuck to the team’s stance that it will allow the legal process to play out before acting.
On Thursday, a reporter from CNN asked Vic Fangio a series of questions about the team’s decisions, including why it suspended radio broadcaster Ted Robinson for comments about domestic abuse but did not suspend McDonald.
“I don’t know,” Fangio said. “I’m not involved in those decisions. I’m the defensive coordinator, not the owner, not the general manager.”
Fangio did have an answer when asked if McDonald would play Sunday.
“To my knowledge, he is,” Fangio said.