The National Football League continues to take hits. The ire ignited from the Ray Rice fall out continues to burn bright with every move a Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald, Adrian Peterson and Tom Brady makes. Yes even TOM BRADY is catching flack.
The latest in the string of bad press for The Shield falls on the aforementioned Ray McDonald and his new—er former team, the Chicago Bears.
After signing McDonald to a one year contract in March, despite his documented off field problems, the franchise has released McDonald on Memorial—MEMORIAL DAY. McDonald is facing charges of domestic violence and child endangerment for allegedly assaulting a woman while she was holding a baby. Terrible combination, Ray.
The signs were there. McDonald was cut by the San Francisco 49ers in December after being designated a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Prior to that he was caught up in a felony domestic violence charge, McDonald would not be charged. 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said at the time of the release, McDonald had a “pattern of poor decision making.”
Amidst the charges, whether dropped or not, Bears Chairman George McCaskey ultimately decided to ink McDonald to a contract. New Defensive Coordinator, Vic Fangio, not only vouched for Ray but intended to be a reference for him to any team that showed interest in the defensive end. Fangio coached McDonald in San Francisco from 20011-2014.
It’s no secret that the Bears have been very, how do I put this, unbearable on the defensive side of the ball. So bad they decided to switch defensive schemes from a 4-3 to a 3-4. The transformation calls for an overhaul of the roster and a number of players to change positions, which increased the need for a player with McDonald’s talents and knowledge of Fangio’s scheme.
As the overhaul continues on the Bears roster one bright spot is two-time pro bowl guard and perhaps the new vocal leader of the Bears, Kyle Long who tweeted after the release, “Good riddance.”