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Chicago Bears' Ray McDonald did not violate the NFL's personal conduct policy

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New Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald, who was released last year by the San Francisco 49ers while he was being investigated for sexual assault, was informed by the NFL that he did not violate their personal conduct policy.

From the Chicago Sun Times;

"We have completed that [domestic violence] investigation," NFL general counsel Jeff Pash said during the Associated Press Sports Editors meetings in New York. "[Senior adviser] Lisa [Friel] and her team completed that investigation [and] did not establish a violation of the personal conduct policy. We informed the player and the players' association."

McDonald still hasn't been charged by the San Jose police after their initial investigation, but the Santa Clara County district attorney is still investigating the matter.

"Just to clear, Ray McDonald had two issues as you may remember, one related to a domestic violence incident and one related to an alleged sexual assault," said Friel, the former head of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit in the New York County District Attorney's Office. "It's the domestic violence incident that we have finished investigating and didn't find sufficient evidence to say that he violated the personal conduct policy.

"The sexual assault incident, that investigation is ongoing. That has not been completed or has the district attorney's office in Santa Clara county completed their investigation into that matter."

Chicago signed Ray McDonald to a 1 year, $1,050,000 deal which includes no guaranteed money. If the NFL decides to punish him for the sexual assault, Chicago could release him without affecting their cap.