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49er and Ex-49er Charged With Sexually Assaulting the Same Woman

By Christopher Coble, Esq. on September 10, 2015 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

It's been a heckuva summer for the San Francisco 49ers. Young players have unexpectedly retired over head trauma fears and to just "take a year or so" off football. They released troubled linebacker Aldon Smith after yet another arrest. Not even the grass at their brand new stadium is cooperating.

And now come some of the most disturbing allegations yet: that current linebacker Ahmad Brooks and former defensive end Ray McDonald sexually assaulted the same woman in separate incidents at McDonald's home last December.

The Latest Charges

The allegations first surfaced in December after a woman accused McDonald of rape. Details were initially scarce, but the subsequent investigation and competing lawsuits between the alleged victim and McDonald have shed more light on what might have happened. The woman claims she slipped and fell several times at McDonald's house, due to a slippery deck and some level of alcohol consumption, leaving her unconscious.

According to her lawsuit, "while she was unconscious from one of those falls, Brooks groped her in a 'sexual manner.' Then, before she fully regained consciousness, McDonald carried her to his bedroom and had sex with her." Santa Clara prosecutors charged Brooks with sexual battery and a grand jury indicted McDonald on rape charges.

A Litany of Trouble

McDonald was cut by San Francisco as the rape investigation began, but that was hardly his first run-in with the law:

And now this. While neither the 49ers nor the NFL can further punish McDonald, San Francisco and the league have taken a hard line on Brooks -- San Francisco head coach Jim Tomsula said he will rejoin the 49ers and suit up for their season opener Monday night against Adrian Peterson's Minnesota Vikings.

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