NFL News: Chicago Bears Release Ray McDonald After Domestic Violence Arrest

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IN PHOTO: Nov 23, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) sacks Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Ray McDonald has been released by the Chicago Bears after the defensive tackle was arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment charges.

The 30-year-old defensive tackle has been involved in several domestic assault cases in the past was arrested in Northern California for physically assaulting a woman “while she was holding a baby,” as per a Santa Clara police report.

"We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," Chicago General Manager Ryan Pace said in the official team statement. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

The eight-year veteran was also released in December by his former team, the San Francisco 49ers after police investigation revealed that he was a probable suspect in a separate sexual assault case. The charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence but the 49ers cut him from the team.

In November, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the Bears defensive player after a 10-week investigation on allegations of assault on McDonald’s fiancée. The NFL and most of its teams has been aggressive in releasing or punishing players who are involved in domestic violence charges.

Other NFL players involved in similar domestic violence cases are Ray Rice, previously of the Baltimore Ravens, Adrian Peterson who is currently with the Minnesota Vikings, Jonathan Dwyer and Greg Hardy, among others.

McDonald, who is considered one of the better defensive players in the league, signed a one-year $1.5 million deal in Chicago in the 2015 offseason. McDonald is entering his ninth season in the NFL after playing for the San Francisco 49ers from 2007 to 2014. He was a third round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft or the 97th pick overall.