49ers' Ray McDonald arrrested on domestic violence charges

San Jose police confirmed Sunday that defensive tackle Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested and jailed on felony domestic violence charges.

Defensive lineman taken into custody by San Jose police early Sunday

Ray McDonald of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested and jailed Aug. 31 on felony domestic violence charges in San Jose. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested early Sunday on felony domestic violence charges after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighbourhood, San Jose police said.

McDonald, 29, was released from jail after posting bail, Santa Clara County sheriff's Sgt. Kurt Stenderup said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties this past week for players accused of domestic violence. The move followed scrutiny over Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's two-game penalty stemming from his arrest on an assault charge in February.

"The 49ers organization is aware of the recent reports regarding Ray McDonald and we take such matters seriously," general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement. "As we continue to gather the facts, we will reserve further comment."

McDonald has been playing for San Francisco since he was drafted as a third-round pick in 2007.

The incident is the latest blow to what has been one of the NFL's fiercest defences. On Friday, linebacker Aldon Smith received a nine-game suspension for what the league called violations of its substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies.