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Andrew Brandt @adbrandt

No "due process" nor Commissioner Exempt list on this one. Bears release Ray McDonald. The ultimate discipline.

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As code of conduct committee member, Bears owner George McCaskey should answer to flawed investigation in signing McDonald.

Bears release McDonald after arrest

The team's announcement comes hours after Ray McDonald was arrested and charged for physically assaulting a "victim while she was holding a baby," according to Santa Clara police.The Bears signed him in March to a one-year, $1.05 million contract, with no guaranteed money in the deal. Story

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GM Ryan Pace: "We believe in 2nd chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear...

Details emerge after McDonald arrest

According to Santa Clara police, Ray McDonald was arrested after officers said he "physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby." Story

Memorial Day special for Browns center

Alex Mack, whose father and cousin served time in the military, has been on two USO tours, including a week-long trip to Afghanistan this offseason. Said Mack: "I think it's important to appreciate where we live and what people have to sacrifice to get what we have." 'Thank you'

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Bears looking into Ray McDonald's arrest

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports that the Bears are conducting their own internal investigation and expect to have a resolution in the near future. Story

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Bears DL arrested on domestic abuse

Ray McDonald was arrested on a domestic violence charge early this morning. Santa Clara police confirm that he was charged with domestic violence and child endangerment. Story

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Spain: Bears didn't do due diligence

On SportsCenter, Sarah Spain said that the only response the Bears should have to today's news is to cut Ray McDonald.


Riddick: McDonald likely out in Chicago

Louis Riddick on the news that Bears DL Ray McDonald has been arrested on charges of domestic violence and child endangerment: "I would be shocked if they don’t sever his ties."

Riddick: Peterson missing is no big deal

Insider Louis Riddick is not worried about the star RB missing OTAs from a front-office perspective. "Would you like him to be there? ... Yeah, but right now, this is voluntary. You can't make him be there."


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#Bears GM Ryan Pace was initially denied pursuing Ray McDonald by George McCaskey, who relented only after meeting with player

McDonald's history with domestic violence

Ray McDonald was arrested Aug. 31 on suspicion of felony domestic violence but was not charged. In December, a woman accused him of sexual assault and San Jose police have yet to charge or clear him. Chicago signed him in March after chairman George McCaskey met with him and spoke to his parents. His contract is for one year and $1.5M but has no guaranteed money.

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Blake Bortles focused in offseason

Adam Dedeaux, one of the Jaguars' instructors at 3DQB, a motion analysis specialist company, said, "Blake really worked smart this offseason. He now has a process that's going to work for him to be successful, which is the main goal. His attention to detail, wanting to get better, his expectations of himself, are right there with the best. ... The dude got after it."

Winston begins practicing with vets

Herm Edwards says that Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith will like what he sees from Jameis Winston in OTAs because he enjoys playing in the spotlight.