In 2015, ex-NFL player Ryan McDonald was arrested for domestic violence and felony false imprisonment, after chasing the mother of his child into the bathroom at around 4 in the morning as she held her two-year-old son in her arms. The jury saw video of the incident, which TMZ has obtained, but declined to indict and the charges were dropped. The woman’s attorney, Robin Yeamans, told TMZ, "It's one of the most horrific videos I've seen and heard in my 46 years of practicing law."
In the footage, it appears that McDonald has woken the woman up and cornered her in their dining room. McDonald’s driver is there, trying to calm him down and reminding him that a car is coming to take the woman away. He stands there staring her down and drinking water, occasionally calling her crazy as she cries and begs him to leave her alone, reminding him that she’s holding their baby. It’s a pretty clear example of how violence can be psychological as well as physical, as he intimidates her with an implied threat for long tense minutes, before running to grab her as she screams.
Yeamans’ client is now working to push the NFL to start a Domestic Violence Victim's Fund to "to ensure that the victims and children of abusive players receive medical, counseling, and legal support paid by the league."
McDonald’s was a former defensive tackle for the 49ers and a very big guy.
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