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San Francisco Forty-Niners DE Ray McDonald was arrested at 2:48 A.M. Sunday morning on felony domestic violence charges according to ESPN. McDonald posted bail and was released from a Santa Clara jail later that afternoon. McDonald spoke briefly with reporters, but declined to answer any questions. This charge comes less than three days after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell implemented tougher penalties for players who commit these crimes.

This after drawing strong criticism for a relatively light two game suspension levied to Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice, for a domestic violence charge he faced against his now wife earlier this year. And stiff penalties they are: A six game penalty for your first offense, and a lifetime ban for another. Ray McDonald 29, is a big part of the Forty-Niners defense. He has been second on the team for the last three seasons in snaps played, tackles, and sacks.

With less than a week before the start of the regular season, the timing could not be worse. San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh has stated publicly, that if you put your hands on woman, you are done in his book. So it will be very interesting to see what internal actions the Forty-Niners take over the next few days. One would have to expect for a swift decision to be handed down by Roger Goodell and the NFL.

The legal process obviously has not started and maybe one day Ray McDonald could be vindicated. But unfortunately for him, by the time that this is all over, his career in the NFL could be in serious jeopardy.