SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has apologized for a post on social media Tuesday that referenced flood-ravaged Houston, where San Francisco opens the preseason Aug. 15. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into custody Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, Santa Clara police Lt. Kurt Clarke said. Police say the assault happened at his home in Santa Clara. He was found about three hours later at a home in San Jose and arrested. McDonald was released from jail after posting bail later Monday, pushing past TV cameras and reporters without answering questions as he got into a taxi. Police did not disclose if the woman or the baby were injured. The Chicago Bears released a statement Monday afternoon about the decision to let McDonald go. “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,” General Manager Ryan Pace said in the statement. “He was not able to meet the standard, and the decision was made to release him.” Bears guard Kyle Long quickly reacted to the move by tweeting “Good riddance.” Chicago signed McDonald to a one-year contract in late March knowing it was a gamble given his history of legal issues. Chairman George McCaskey even acknowledged at the time that he initially told Pace not to go after him. But McCaskey came away impressed from a face-to-face conversation that he described as “very candid, very forthright” and “difficult” after McDonald paid his way to Chicago. McCaskey talked to McDonald’s parents but didn’t talk to any lawyers involved in McDonald’s cases or the accusers. He cited a league investigation and said: “An alleged victim I think much like anybody else who has a bias in a situation there’s a certain amount of discounting what they have to say. But our personnel department had done its work looking into his background and the incidents and we had the benefit of two coaches who had been with him with the 49ers. “I spoke with Vic Fangio and came away very impressed with what Vic had to say about him, that he’s well-liked by his teammates, by his coaches, his strong work ethic. That he’s considered a leader on the field and speaking to Vic and Ray especially I was convinced that he’s sufficiently motivated to make this work.” McDonald’s agent, Tom Condon, did not immediately return calls for comment Monday afternoon. In December, the San Francisco 49ers released the 30-year-old, citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.” In letting him go late in the season, 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said, “Ray’s demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making that has led to multiple distractions to this organization and this football team that really can no longer be tolerated.” His release from San Francisco came just a month after the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office announced it had declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation stemming from an arrest on Aug. 31 while celebrating his 30th birthday at his Northern California home. Prosecutors cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee, in explaining their decision not to pursue charges in the domestic violence investigation. But his trouble continued. In March, McDonald filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman who had accused him of rape. McDonald says security camera footage will show a consensual sexual encounter occurred in his hot tub. Police say the woman doesn’t recall any sexual encounters and reported blacking out after drinking alcohol and falling at McDonald’s home. She said she went to police after waking up naked next to McDonald. The Santa Clara County district attorney is considering whether to file criminal charges. McDonald had been signed by the 49ers through the 2015 season. He had three sacks in 14 games last year and had 19 1/2 sacks in eight seasons with the 49ers. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The Chicago Bears could have said that they were signing Ray McDonald because he was a good defensive end and they didn’t care at all about his past. That would have been the truth, right? Instead they tried to spin it, and that looks pretty dumb after McDonald was arrested again on Monday. CSN Bay Area confirmed that McDonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge. Damian Trujillo of NBC Bay Area first broke the news , and he said McDonald was arrested for domestic violence and possible child endangerment. The Santa Clara Police Department, in a news release , said McDonald was accused of physically assaulting a female while she was holding a baby. UPDATE: The Bears cut McDonald on Monday afternoon, shortly after that police report was released. ” 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,” Bears general manager Ryan Pace said, via tweets on the team’s Twitter feed. ” He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.” Bears guard Kyle Long tweeted this right after the Bears cut McDonald: Good riddance — KL (@Ky1eLong) May 25, 2015 McDonald was involved in another domestic violence case last year when he was with the San Francisco 49ers. Charges were never brought because there was insufficient evidence. The NFL cleared McDonald of any personal-conduct policy violation. He was also accused of a sexual assault, and according to the San Jose Mercury News he planned to sue the woman who made that accusation. The 49ers released him late last season. The Bears, knowing McDonald could help their defense, ignored his legal past (Bears owner George McCaskey used the time-honored excuse for signing McDonald that ” my assessment was ‘bad decision-making,’ allowing himself to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” via the Chicago Tribune ), and signed him. “An alleged victim, I think — much like anybody else who has a bias in this situation — there’s a certain amount of discounting in what they have to say,” McCaskey said in March about McDonald, via the Chicago Tribune. “But our personnel department had done its work looking into the background and the incidents.” McCaskey said he had deep conversations with McDonald that led him to giving Pace permission to sign McDonald. Wonder how the owner feels about that now. What makes it weird is the Bears’ excuses for signing him. The Bears actually tried to sell the public on McDonald’s gesture of paying for his own plane flight to Chicago to meet with the team as a big turning point in the decision. No matter that he had a history of arrests, a very rich man paid for his own flight! They really, seriously put this forth as a good reason to sign him. No lie. McCaskey actually said in that interview, via the Tribune, that his first answer to signing McDonald had been no, but he started to change his mind after McDonald said he’d come out to visit. Unbelievable. They talked to who they wanted to talk to and heard what they wanted to hear. What message did they really expect from McDonald? McCaskey said he talked to McDonald’s parents, who aren’t exactly impartial in the matter. Like most NFL teams who want to add a player with red flags — the Seattle Seahawks and their drafting of Michigan defensive end Frank Clark comes to mind — they hear what they want because the player in question is really good at football and then try to spin the public (and maybe themselves) on it being OK to make the move. When you start hearing about “decision making” and being in “wrong place at the wrong time,” just know that you’re being played. Now there are more questions after McDonald’s latest arrest that need to be answered. Pace, the team’s new GM, brought the idea to McCaskey. Vic Fangio, McDonald’s defensive coordinator with San Francisco who is now with the Bears, supported the move. Fangio actually called two teams after McDonald was released by San Francisco stumping for the player, the Chicago Sun-Times said . Presumably head coach John Fox was on board too. They helped convince the owner to sign the guy, who less than three months later was arrested again. It’s a mess for Chicago now, something they could have seen coming if that’s what they wanted to see. – - – - – - – Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald faces his third accusation of illegal violence in nine months after being arrested Monday on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment. Police in Santa Clara, California, confirmed the latest arrest of the former San Francisco 49ers defender, who was released by that National Football League club last December. McDonald was arrested last August on suspicion of felony domestic violence but he was never charged. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Reggie Bush wants to return punts again, and he brought up the idea to the San Francisco 49ers when he joined the team as a free agent this spring. ”It’s amazing how time flies,” Bush said after a practice in which he was easy to spot given his bright orange shoes. Bush said joining the 49ers ”just felt right,” and that’s why he wants to do everything he can to be on the field even if it means a steady role of special teams. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders moved a step closer Tuesday to building a new stadium near Los Angeles after a complex land deal was finalized on a site that could become the home of a shared $1.7 billion venue. The transaction involving about 170 acres in Carson, a city of 93,000 people, came a day after the teams hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages of their push to relocate to the nation’s second-largest media market. The pace of activity in Carson underscored an increasing divide between the Chargers and San Diego, where local officials on Monday announced a financing plan for a replacement stadium even as the team a day later moved ahead on the Carson site. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have hired former San Francisco 49ers President Carmen Policy to spearhead the next stages in their push to build a joint $1.7 billion stadium in the Los Angeles area. Policy is expected to speak to NFL owners about the Carson stadium project at their meetings this week in San Francisco, the city where he led the front office of the 49ers in their championship heyday in the 1980s and 1990s. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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When Justin Smith decided that his body wouldn’t let him perform up to his own lofty standards, he knew it was time to stop playing. Smith announced Monday that he is retiring after 14 seasons as one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL, dealing yet another blow to the San Francisco 49ers in a rough offseason. One of the most durable players at one of the most physically demanding positions, Smith had been hampered the past two seasons by a bum left shoulder that he first hurt in training camp in 2013. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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NaVorro Bowman walked off the practice field after working out with the rookies and gave a thumbs up and a smile. The three-time All-Pro linebacker is healthy and back on the field at last after missing all of last season recovering from a left knee surgery following a gruesome injury in the NFC championship in January 2014. So much so that coach Jim Tomsula no longer thinks of the fierce defender as someone coming off an injury but rather just a key veteran in the mix. ”To be honest with you I didn’t know he had an injury,” rookie linebacker Eli Harold said. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos will hold joint practices in the lead-up to their Aug. 29 preseason game in Denver. The 49ers will be the first opponent to use the Broncos’ shiny new $35 million field house complete with hot tubs, locker rooms, meeting rooms and an indoor practice field in case of bad weather. Last season, the Houston Texans had to load onto buses while still in uniform and shower back at their hotel several miles away following two joint practices with the Broncos. The 49ers and Broncos, each with new coaches, will work out against each other Aug. 26-27. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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