McDonald apologizes for distraction of DUI

As first reported by Comcast SportsNet, 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was arrested in San Mateo County on Saturday night for suspicion of driving under the influence. A representative of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office told Comcast that McDonald was booked at San Mateo County Jail at 7:57 p.m Saturday and released at 9:39 p.m.

McDonald issued a short statement directly to reporters after practice, addressing what he called “the incident Saturday night.”

“I would inform you but I can’t, because I’ve been advised by my lawyer, because it is a legal situation, I can’t say too much,” McDonald said. “But I just want to let you all know that whenever it works itself out, you will know everything that’s going on. And I just want to apologize for making this a distraction, because that’s not my intent. My intent is to just come out here and work hard and try to win ballgames this year. I just don’t want this to be a distraction the fans, my family, my teammates.”

Asked as he walked away if this was his first run-in with the law, the D-lineman nodded yes. If he has other black marks in the NFL’s substance abuse program, McDonald could be facing a suspension. If this is indeed his first transgression, he is likely to get nothing more than a warning from the league.


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