SANTA CLARA — 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald seeks to restore his relationship with his fiancee as well as resume his football career.
“I have no malice toward anyone,” McDonald said Tuesday, a day after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it declined to file charges against him in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest. “I feel like I'm a good guy, a teddy bear.”
McDonald said he's ready to move forward after spending weeks having his focus divided between football and his off-field activities.
“I'm not the kind of guy to put a hand on a woman like that,” McDonald said. “I respect women and the truth came out. It was weighing on me because a lot of things were being said about me that I knew weren't true. I just kept my mouth shut and let the process play out.”
McDonald has played all season despite pressure on the 49ers to not play him. He has 24 tackles, 15 solo, while starting all nine games for the 49ers (5-4), who travel to play the New York Giants on Sunday.
“I want to move past it and focus on the game this week,” he said. “My team had faith in me. My friends, family and coaches all know what kind of guy I am.”
McDonald and his fiancee remain together and are working to strengthen their relationship.
“We love each other,” McDonald said. “It was one of those things that happen and it got thrown out to the public. When it's on the national stage, you have no choice but to learn from it. We don't want to put ourselves into situations like that again.”
49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said at the time that public pressure wouldn't affect how the team handled McDonald's situation. An eight-year NFL veteran, McDonald has been a key member of one of the NFL's top defenses.