San Francisco 49ers Lineman Ray McDonald To Sue Woman Wrongly Accusing Him Of Sex Assault
Can’t think of many things more despicable than lying on a man for rape…
NFL defensive lineman Ray McDonald, released by the 49ers in December in the wake of sexual assault allegations against him, will sue the woman who accused him of rape.
McDonald confirmed the lawsuit Monday in an interview with ESPN, claiming the accusations that have yet to lead to formal charges cost him his job with the 49ers and have prevented him from finding a new team.
“I am not this bad person that people are making me out to be,” McDonald said. “I’ve been fired from my job. I know some teams don’t even want to talk to me because of this past accusation. All I am trying to do is clear my name and move on with my life.”
McDonald’s lawyer, Steve M. DeFilippi, issued a statement to the San Jose Mercury News claiming that video from his client’s home-surveillance system shows the accuser having “clearly consensual” sex with McDonald in his hot tub on the night of the alleged attack.
Prosecutors haven’t filed charges against McDonald, but the case must be officially dropped in order for the 30-year-old veteran to regain elegibility to play in the NFL.
Says his lawyer:
“In the eyes of the NFL teams, the unresolved threat of charges being filed against him, even though factually unfounded, continues to present a roadblock to this remarkable athlete being able to move forward in his career,” DeFilippi’s statement read. “This lawsuit is intended to vindicate him … and return his good name.”
The lawsuit alleges that McDonald’s accuser had sex “several times” with him on Dec. 13 but then went to police to cover up her actions by giving a false story that would easily be believed given the atmosphere of negative publicity surrounding disgraced NFL players like Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy.
Must be 2 sides…
That’s a radically different version of the events than the one given by the woman, who alleges that McDonald sexually assaulting her after she hit her head on the ground. She claims to have woken up naked in McDonald’s bed the next day with no recollection of what happened and got him to tell her that they had sex.
McDonald, who had two domestic violence calls to his house last year, hasn’t said how much money in damages he’s seeking from the lawsuit, other than to confirm that amount is higher then the $25,000 minimum set by the court.
Hope he wins everything he possibly can.
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