Ray McDonald should not play on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers take on the Dallas Cowboys. Jim Harbaugh has stated numerous times that domestic violence is something he would not tolerate. It is time for him to show that this is the case. Furthermore, with the repetition of the fact that, since Harbaugh began his NFL tenure in the cardinal and gold, the 49ers have led the NFL in arrests with 10 (Seattle has had 5) . It is time this trend changes.
Aldon Smith sure did not help himself — or the 49ers — with his issues followed by the LAX “Bomb” incident. All in all, though, he seemed to be a guy with problems that was working his way out of them. McDonald’s incident, on the other hand, comes with little-to-know warning signs and occurred at McDonald’s birthday party that was well-attended by his 49ers teammates.
If McDonald is guilty, this is an egregious offense and should be treated as such, with a likely 6 game suspension thanks to Roger Goodell‘s new policy and, according to Harbaugh’s strict policy, his prompt release.
Though it is highly important to let due process play out in any case or situation, issues of domestic violence or sexual assault in general tend to be difficult to prove. This is often due to pressure applied to or felt by the victim. Thus, it may very well be that the victim would attempt to hide information out of fear, shame, or an attempt to protect McDonald. Thus, unless the 49ers know more about this situation than we do and it looks good for McDonald, the starting defensive lineman should not take the trip with his 49ers’ teammates down to North Texas and Jerry’s AT&T Stadium. The NFL likes to say it holds its players to a higher standard than the law. The 49ers, in this case, should show that to be true — especially if they want to stop leading the arrest count.