KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — All-Star closer Greg Holland could be available for the Kansas City Royals this weekend after dealing with some tightness in his right arm, while left-hander Danny Duffy was awaiting word from doctors before beginning to throw again.
The Royals lead the AL Central by one game over Detroit.
Royals manager Ned Yost said before Thursday night’s game against Boston that Holland felt good after throwing Monday. Holland planned to play catch and would be available if all went well.
Holland has not pitched since saving a 4-1 win over Texas on Sept. 3. Wade Davis picked up three saves in his place during the Royals’ recent six-game road trip.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks made a spot start Thursday night for Duffy, who left his previous outing after one pitch with soreness in his left shoulder. Duffy had hoped to only miss one start.
(Cincinnatti) (AP) – Alfredo Simon usually takes a strike before taking a swing. The Cincinnati right-hander was more aggressive, and it paid off against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Reds starter doubled on the first pitch of his first at bat and then swung at the first pitch of his second plate appearance before slashing another two-bagger that drove in the go-ahead run of a 4-2 Reds win on Wednesday night.
“Sometimes, (manager Bryan Price) tells me to take a strike, but sometimes, the fastball I get on the first pitch is the only chance I have to get a hit,” said Simon, who was hitting .098 going into the game.
Simon shook off a rough start but lasted seven innings, and Ryan Ludwick hit a solo home run to help the Reds win back-to-back games for the first time since Aug. 27-28 against the Chicago Cubs. The Central Division-leading Cardinals hadn’t sustained consecutive defeats since a four-game losing streak from Aug. 26-30.
“He was a little erratic early, but he rallied,” Price said of Simon.
Simon (14-10) allowed five hits and two runs with three walks and five strikeouts for his second win in eight decisions over 11 starts since the All-Star break.
“I gave up the two runs in the first inning, but I kept fighting,” Simon said. “Everything was working.”
Sam LeCure and Ryan Dennick pitched the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save.
Terry Lyons (0-4) took the loss after Cardinals starter John Lackey was ejected in the third inning for arguing balls and strikes.
Plate umpire Tom Hallion ejected Lackey four pitches into the third inning.
“Lackey was warned to quit arguing balls and strikes, and he continued to argue,” Hallion said.
The ejection caught Lackey by surprise.
“I didn’t say any cuss words toward him,” Lackey said. “He saw my mouth moving and threw me out. It was unexpected, for sure. I’ve been thrown out a few times throwing balls at people, but never for something like this”
With the game tied 2-2, Jay Bruce led off the Reds’ fourth inning with a bloop single. Simon, who entered with one career double, went the opposite way to drive in Bruce with the go-ahead run.
Brandon Phillips added a bases-loaded, run-scoring single in the fifth to make it 4-2.
Simon retired the first two batters of the game before the Cardinals scored two runs. Matt Holliday walked and scored from first on Matt Adams’ double. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring single.
Todd Frazier drove in Chris Heisey with a single in the first, and Ludwick tied it for the Reds in the second with his ninth homer and first since Aug. 17 – a 374-foot shot into the left-field seats.
Lackey was ejected for the fourth time in his career and first since 2009 when he was with the Angels and was ejected two pitches into a game for throwing at Texas’ Ian Kinsler.
The Reds acquired from Milwaukee minor-league RHP Kevin Shackelford and RHP Barrett Astin on Wednesday as the two players to be named in the Aug. 31 trade that sent RHP Jonathan Broxton to the Brewers.
Cardinals: Manager Mike Matheny got no argument from SS Jhonny Peralta when the veteran was given Wednesday off. Peralta missed just three of St. Louis’ first 145 games. “He wants to finish strong,” Matheny said. “He’s answered the bell.”
Reds: RHP Pedro Villareal’s status remained day-to-day after he was hit in the right forearm by Holliday’s sharp one-hopper in the ninth inning of Monday’s 5-0 loss.
Cardinals: Lance Lynn tries to improve to 4-0 in four 2014 starts against Cincinnati in Thursday’s series finale.
Reds: Johnny Cueto will look to avoid dropping to 0-3 in three starts this season against St. Louis.
(St. Louis) (AP) – There were so many shortcomings in the St. Louis Rams’ woeful season-opening loss to Minnesota, that the team’s best option now is to just move on from it.
In Week 2 at Tampa Bay, they will try again to act the part of a franchise on the rise minus a second stalwart.
After practice on Wednesday, coach Jeff Fisher told players they had done a good job of getting back to business.
“I ain’t sulking,” guard Rodger Saffold said. “You can’t be all happy for a week because you’ve got another opponent coming up.”
As bad as the bottom line appears from a 34-6 blowout to the Vikings at home, players believe one good week will make it all better. Still, they will be using that whipping as motivation.
“I’m all for the 24-hour rule, but as a competitor some of that better resonate in you,” middle linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “I thought we practiced like a team that quite frankly was 1-0 versus 0-1, and that’s the way you work.”
That task is complicated because defensive end Chris Long will undergo left ankle surgery that will sideline him much of the season.
“I would rather be Chris’ backup than him be hurt,” said William Hayes, who steps up as the starter at left end.
Quarterback is a particular trouble spot. Sam Bradford is out for the year with a knee injury, and backup Shaun Hill is hobbled by a left quadriceps injury. That could leave the offense in the hands of Austin Davis, who has been with the team for parts of three seasons and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown in his NFL debut last week.
Hill hopped on one leg while releasing the pass that resulted in a critical interception near the end of the first half, and was taken out at the break. It appeared he had been hurt during the previous play when two linemen, one from each team, landed on him.
Odds maker Bovada drastically downgraded the Rams’ chances of winning the Super Bowl. They had been a mere 66-1 and now they are 200-1, ahead of only the Jaguars and Raiders at 400-1.
“It’s a fine line,” Laurinaitis said. “You don’t want to just throw that thing completely away. You want to remember how that felt, and you never want to feel that way the rest of the season.”
Not that he is using it as an excuse, but the opener was Hayes’ first action of the year. He was held out of the preseason with a chest injury.
“I was a little rusty last week,” Hayes said. “I wasn’t really satisfied with the way I played so it’s going to stay with me until I play better.”
Fisher singled out several players for criticism in his postgame news conference following the defeat that matched a 28-point opening loss in 1937 for worst in franchise history. Among the lowlights cited by the coach: The offense had 11 possessions, “and in each of those 11 drives we had an issue, whether it was a sack or penalty or mental error or something.”
There were 13 penalties for 121 yards. The defense controlled running back Adrian Peterson for the most part, but got victimized by Cordarrelle Patterson’s 102 yards on three carries. Wide receiver Brian Quick had a breakout game with seven catches for 99 yards, but negated a big gain with a facemask call while trying to stiff-arm a defender.
Fisher said Tavon Austin could have had two long punt returns, although Austin muffed one. The game plan could use some tweaking given the diminutive wide receiver got a couple of handoffs up the middle.
“I think everybody took turns making mistakes,” Hayes said. “It’s just the little things we’ve got to clean up. That’s it.”
(Englewood) (AP) – John Elway’s Bentley with the six-figure price tag was replaced by Jacob Tamme’s old white Volvo clunker in the prime parking spot outside the Denver Broncos headquarters Wednesday.
Peyton Manning revealed the reason – but didn’t know whose car it was.
When talking about tight end Julius Thomas winning his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award, Manning mentioned the Broncos’ new parking policy.
The three Broncos who are named the team’s players of the week – one each on offense, defense and special teams – get to park up front where Elway and coach John Fox used to park their cars.
“That’s a new bone, those first three spots,” Manning said.
Then, he rattled off the names of Week 1′s winners:
“We have Rahim and Julius,” he said of Thomas, who caught three TD passes, and safety Rahim Moore, who picked off a pair of Andrew Luck’s passes in Denver’s win over Indy.
And … uh …
“Who’s the special teams player of the week for us, Erich?” Manning asked Broncos media relations manager Erich Schubert. “Do you know?”
That would be Tamme, the versatile seventh-year tight end who has played with Manning his entire career, including four seasons in Indianapolis.
“He didn’t remember? It figures,” Tamme cracked later in the locker room.
Tamme was part of the committee replacing suspended slot receiver Wes Welker in the opener. But he ended up playing 20 snaps on special teams to go with 10 from scrimmage once ace David Bruton was knocked from the game with a dislocated left shoulder.
“It’s definitely good to be useful,” Tamme said.
He secured his prime parking spot by burying punt returner Griff Whalen for a 2-yard loss at Indy’s 36 with three minutes left and Denver clinging to the last wisps of what had been a 24-point first-half cushion.
“Special teams is something I’ve always taken a lot of pride in,” Tamme said.
He also was quite proud of his new parking spot.
“I take a little flack for my Volvo I drive in here,” Tamme said. “So, I plan on parking that `soccer mom’ Volvo in there as much as possible.”
Thomas caught some flak himself Wednesday when he had to tote a football wrapped in a green helmet beanie during practice as punishment for his fumble and his inability to corral an onside kick Sunday night.
“I have to do a better job of holding onto the football,” said Thomas, who caught seven passes for 104 yards.
Despite his blunders, Thomas was named Offensive AFC Player of the Week.
“That’s a great honor for Julius. He deserves it,” Manning said. “Great start for him. He has really worked hard this offseason. He had some specific goals that he wanted to reach and I think he’s put the time and work in.
“He’s still a young player. He’s still got to keep improving and I think he will. I was really happy with the way he played and competed and nice to see him recognized.”
Manning will see a familiar face coming after him Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs (0-1) visit the Broncos (1-0). Veteran defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson, who failed to make the final cut in Denver, signed with the Chiefs after they lost Mike DeVito to a ruptured Achilles tendon in their opener.
If Manning is worried that Vickerson knows all his tricks, he’s doing a good job hiding his concern.
“I have certainly played against former teammates before, so I think I’m used to it,” Manning said.
Broncos nose tackle Terrance Knighton said he knows Vickerson will be fired up for his homecoming game Sunday.
“He’ll probably have some type of edge, just because we did cut him,” Knighton said. “I wish him the best. I hope he plays well – not enough for them to win.”
(Cincinnatti) (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey has been ejected from his start against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning.
Lackey appeared to question several ball-strike calls by plate umpire Tom Hallion before a 2-1 pitch to Brayan Pena was called a ball with the score 2-all on Wednesday night.
The right-hander apparently questioned that call, and Hallion – the crew chief – ejected him.
Lackey allowed four hits and two runs with two walks and one strikeout. Left-hander Tyler Lyons replaced him.
(Cincinnatti) (AP) – Everything has fallen into place, allowing the St. Louis Cardinals to pull away.
Matt Carpenter broke a scoreless tie with his two-run single in the seventh inning, Matt Adams added a three-run homer, and the Cardinals extended their surge in the NL Central by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Monday night.
St. Louis has won nine of 10, going from two games out to a season-high 4 1/2 games up in the division. The Cardinals are 10-3 against the Reds this season and 40-24 against the NL Central overall.
“Everything is clicking right now,” Adams said. “Our starting pitching is just unbelievable right now, and our offense is doing what it’s capable of doing.”
Shelby Miller (9-9) gave up three hits while pitching into the eighth in his first victory in three starts against Cincinnati this season. Two relievers finished the three-hitter.
Miller faced the minimum 12 batters over the first four innings – Brandon Phillips singled but was taken out in a double play. Devin Mesoraco led off the fifth with a double but was stranded at second, the only Red to reach scoring position.
The Cardinals didn’t walk a batter and turned a pair of double plays. As a result, their pitchers faced only 28 batters, one over the minimum.
Miller is putting together his best stretch of the season by turning to his curveball, a pitch he used less frequently early in the season. He allowed only three hits in seven innings of a 1-0 win over the Pirates his last time out.
“It’s just building confidence in that pitch,” Miller said. “I feel it’s the second-best pitch I have.
“The biggest thing is just using it. The more you use it, the more you get a feel for it and you can throw it where you want to.”
Carpenter’s single off Manny Parra (0-3) left Cincinnati’s bullpen 0-14 since the All-Star break, part of Cincinnati’s 16-33 slide over that time. The Reds have dropped eight of their last 10 and fallen 10 games under .500 for the first time since 2009.
The Reds had two pitchers leave the game because of injury.
Reds starter Dylan Axelrod threw only seven pitches before pulling his right oblique. Left-hander David Holmberg relieved and went a career-high 5 2-3 innings, allowing four hits while throwing 81 pitches.
Right-hander Pedro Villarreal took a grounder off his forearm in the ninth and left the game. Ondrusek replaced him and gave up Adams’ three-run homer on his second pitch.
“That was a beautiful swing by Matt Adams,” manager Mike Matheny said. “That was one of the loudest ones I’ve ever heard.”
The Reds went through seven pitchers overall, including four in the decisive seventh. Parra gave up Randal Grichuk’s pinch-hit double and Kolten Wong’s infield single. After Miller’s sacrifice, Carpenter singled to right for a 2-0 lead.
Slumping Cardinals OF Matt Holliday got Sunday off. He was back in the lineup on Monday and singled to end the slide at 0 for 10. He later added another single.
Carpenter has driven in a pair of runs in each of the last two games. He has three straight multihit games. … Wong extended his hitting streak to five games. … The Reds are 10 games below .500 for the first time since Sept. 23, 2009. They’re a season-high 13 games out of first place. … Holmberg’s outing was the longest by a Reds reliever since Carlos Fisher threw 5 2-3 innings during a 19-inning game on May 25, 2011, at Philadelphia.
Cardinals: INF Greg Garcia, OF Tommy Pham and RHP Sam Tuivailala were promoted from Triple-A Memphis. C Audry Perez and OF Rafael Ortega were designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster.
Reds: SS Zack Cozart was in the lineup for the third straight game after missing time because of a sore right wrist. He is in an 0-for-16 slump.
Cardinals: Michael Wacha (5-5) makes his third start of the season against Cincinnati. The Cardinals are 5-2 at Great American Ball Park this season and have won six straight against Cincinnati overall.
Reds: Mike Leake (10-11) is coming off his worst start of the season. He gave up a season-high seven runs and three homers in only four innings of a 9-7 loss at Baltimore on Thursday.
(Detroit) (AP) – Jeremy Guthrie couldn’t find a way out of trouble.
Torii Hunter had two of his three hits in a six-run third inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat Kansas City 9-5 Monday to close within a game of the AL Central-leading Royals.
“They just kept putting the ball in play,” Guthrie said.
Detroit won its 9,000th game, tying a season high with eight hits in the third and opening an 8-2 lead. Guthrie (10-11) allowed eight runs – six earned – and 10 hits in 2 2-3 innings. He has given up 14 earned runs in his last 6 2-3 innings against the Tigers.
Seven of Detroit’s first eight batters got hits in the third, which began with Hunter’s infield single. Victor Martinez’s infield hit drove in the first run, glancing off the glove of first baseman Eric Hosmer toward the dirt behind second. Don Kelly’s double made it 4-2, Nick Castellanos hit a two-run double and RBI singles by Al Avila and Hunter boosted the lead to 8-2.
“He was one pitch away from getting out of that third inning but it just kept snowballing and he couldn’t make that pitch,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Kansas City closed in the seventh when Hosmer tripled, Billy Butler hit an RBI groundout and Lorenzo Cain hit an inside-the-park homer off Justin Verlander (13-12), a ball that Hunter ran down in right-center only to have Kelly collide with him and knock off Hunter’s glove.
Hosmer’s RBI single in the eighth against Joba Chamberlain made it 8-5, but Billy Butler hit an inning-ending groundout with runners at the corners.
“We battled all the way, tried to chip away. Just couldn’t chip away enough,” Hosmer said.
Verlander (13-12) allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings for his third win in four starts.
“It was pretty good,” he said. “They put up a couple runs in a couple innings, but even after they got those two early runs, I went back and watched the video and those were all good pitches. They’ve just got a good lineup.”
Royals: LHP left-hander Danny Duffy will miss his next turn in the rotation because of a sore shoulder. “He’s in Kansas City going through three or four rounds of treatment every day,” Yost said. “We’ll evaluate him when we get back.” … Closer Greg Holland, who hasn’t pitched since Wednesday because of a strained right triceps, is getting closer to returning. Yost said Holland threw on the side Monday and could be available Tuesday.
Tigers: RHP Joakim Soria (left oblique strain) threw 27 pitches in a simulated game and felt good. “Big step today. Hopefully, it feels good tomorrow,” Soria said. Manager Brad Ausmus said Soria threw all of his pitches and looked strong. If Soria feels good on Tuesday, he will likely be activated the following day.
Jason Vargas (11-7, 3.14) is slated to start Tuesday for the Royals and Max Scherzer (15-5, 3.25) for the Tigers. Scherzer is 9-5 against Kansas City.
Hunter was down for a couple of minutes after the collision with Kelly, was checked by Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand and stayed in the game.
DON’T LET ME CATCH YOU
Cain was second and Mike Moustakas was on third with one out in the third when Nori Aoki lofted a single to shallow center. Moustakas thought Kelly might catch the ball and held up, but Cain read the play correctly and was two steps behind Moustakas as they crossed the plate.
Across the street later in the day, the Detroit Lions hosted the New York Giants at Ford Field. The start of the baseball game was moved up three hours to accommodate.
(Baton Rouge) (AP) – A former LSU football player has been arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend, then taking her cellphone so she could not call for help.
The Advocate reports East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputies responded to an apartment late Sunday night after the girlfriend of 25-year-old DeAngelo Peterson reported that he attacked her during an argument.
Peterson was booked on a count of simple battery as well as bench warrants for speeding.
Peterson committed to LSU in 2007 as a top wide receiver prospect in Louisiana but converted to tight end.
Peterson went undrafted following his senior season and signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis in 2012. He also spent time with the Washington and Denver.
It was unclear whether Peterson has an attorney.
(Atlantic City) (AP) – A longer, more detailed video of the fight between Ray Rice and Janay Palmer shows them shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back before he throws a brutal punch.
The video, shown to The Associated Press Monday night by a law enforcement official, includes audio and is longer than the grainy TMZ Sports video released earlier that day.
After the TMZ video made its way around the Internet, the Baltimore Ravens cut Rice and the league suspended him indefinitely. Rice was originally suspended for two games and coaches and others had praised his behavior since the arrest for striking his then-fiancee in February.
The fallout continued Tuesday: Nike severed business ties with Rice, and video game publisher Electronic Arts said it would scrub all traces of his image from the Madden ’15 game, the oldest and most popular football video game franchise.
The videos show Rice and Palmer in an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. Each hits the other before Rice knocks Palmer off her feet and into a railing. Months ago, a TMZ video showed Rice dragging Palmer, now his wife, from the elevator at the Revel casino, which closed on Sept. 2.
The higher-quality video shown to the AP shows Rice made no attempt to cover up the incident. After Palmer collapses, he drags her out of the elevator and is met by some hotel staff. One of them can be heard saying, “She’s drunk, right?” And then, “No cops.” But Rice didn’t respond.
The video was shown to the AP on condition of anonymity because the official isn’t authorized to release it.
Coach John Harbaugh said he met with Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, team president Dick Cass and general manager Ozzie Newsome after they saw the TMZ video, and they made the decision to let Rice go.
“It’s something we saw for the first time today, all of us,” Harbaugh said. “It changed things, of course. It made things a little bit different.”
The action represented a complete reversal for the team, even though an Atlantic City police summons stated that Rice caused “bodily injury to Janay Palmer, specifically by striking her with his hand, rendering her unconscious.”
The Ravens had used words like “respect” and “proud” in referring to Rice following his arrest.
When the NFL announced Rice’s two-game suspension for domestic violence on July 24, Newsome said: “We respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.
Asked Monday night if Rice misled him, Harbaugh said he didn’t want to get into “all that.”
“I don’t think of it that way. Everything I said in terms of what I believe, I stand by,” he said. “I believe that still, and I’ll always believe those things, and (we’ll) always stand in support of them as a couple, and that’s not going to change.”
Rice said in a news conference this summer that his actions that night were “inexcusable.” But the Ravens never took action against him until after the second video was released.
The NFL, which has been working hard to promote the game to women, also took action after the explicit video was released. Commissioner Roger Goodell announced that, based on the new video evidence, Rice has been suspended indefinitely.
“We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Monday morning. “That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.”
Rice’s lawyer, Michael Diamondstein, declined to comment when contacted by The Associated Press.
Rice, 27, stood to make $4 million this year.
“Obviously, any video that depicts an act of violence in that video is disturbing to watch. For our union, we have an unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said at the Seahawks’ facility in Renton, Washington. “It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today.”
He had been charged with felony aggravated assault in the case, but in May he was accepted into a pretrial intervention program that allowed him to avoid jail time and could lead to the charge being purged from his record.
After Goodell drew criticism for not being tough enough on Rice, he wrote a letter to all 32 NFL owners in August saying he “didn’t get it right.” First-time offenders now face a six-game suspension.
Rice began his suspension Sunday, when the Ravens opened their season with a 23-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. He was scheduled to return after Thursday night’s game against Pittsburgh.
He leaves the Ravens as the second-leading rusher in franchise history, behind only Jamal Lewis. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Rice is the team’s career leader in total yards from scrimmage (9,214) and is the only player in Ravens history to rush for 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
But those are mere numbers, and his actions in that elevator shed a new light on him.
“I’m not going to go into what he told us or anything or if it matches or if it doesn’t,” Ravens receiver Torrey Smith said. “That doesn’t matter. What matters is what you see. It wasn’t a pleasant sight at all.”
Rice hasn’t spoken often to the media since his arrest, but on July 31 he said this is “something I have to live with the rest of my life.”
He added: “I know that’s not who I am as a man. … I let so many people down because of 30 seconds of my life that I know I can’t take back.”
(San Fransisco) (AP) – San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Tuesday that he will let “due process take its course” before deciding whether to discipline Ray McDonald after the defensive tackle was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.
In his first public comments since McDonald’s arrest Aug. 31, York told San Francisco’s KNBR radio that he will not punish McDonald until he sees “evidence that it should be done or before an entire legal police investigation shows us something.”
“I would much rather take shots at my reputation than to put somebody down and judge them before an entire investigation has taken place,” York told the radio station.
York’s comments echoed many of the remarks made by 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh and general manager Trent Baalke in the last two weeks. He reiterated that the team will not tolerate domestic violence and he considers McDonald’s arrest serious, however, he repeatedly said he will not act until the investigation is completed.
“I’m comfortable if my reputation is going to take shots throughout this process,” York said. “But my character is I will not punish somebody until we see evidence that it should be done or before an entire legal police investigation shows us something.”
McDonald practiced all of last week and started in San Francisco’s 28-17 win at Dallas on Sunday.
Public pressure has been building on the 49ers to sit McDonald down while prosecutors decide whether to charge him. The uproar escalated Monday following TMZ’s release of new video showing Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee in an elevator.
The running back has been released by the Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the NFL, which initially suspended Rice two games.
York stressed that the public should not lump McDonald and Rice together just because both were arrested on domestic violence charges.
“Each case is its own separate case. Ray McDonald is not Ray Rice,” York said. “And if there’s another one, it’s not the same as the previous. Each case is its own individual entity. And as a society, we have a sense of saying, ‘Well, you didn’t do it right with Ray Rice right away so you need to overdo it with Ray McDonald or whoever else it is.’ And I don’t believe that’s the country that we live in. I don’t think that’s a fair way to approach it.”
McDonald is out on $25,000 bail following his arrest at his San Jose home where he was celebrating his 30th birthday with teammates and friends.
San Jose police have released few details surrounding McDonald’s arrest, only saying that officers at the scene saw the alleged victim with “visible injuries.” McDonald’s arrest came just days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including a six-week suspension for a first offense and at least a year for a second.
Asked about Goodell’s handling of Rice’s situation and if he should be reprimanded by owners, York said “it was obviously acknowledged that it was bungled by the league, and they came back and corrected it. Ray didn’t take the field in the regular season. He was already down. They suspended him for the year. Could it have happened sooner? I don’t understand the video, what was seen, when it was seen, how it wasn’t seen. I don’t know the answers to that.”
York said he hadn’t spoken publicly about McDonald’s arrest until now because the 49ers speak in “one voice.” He said his views were expressed earlier by Harbaugh and Baalke, and he felt that was enough.
With multiple arrests in the past few years, York admitted the 49ers “haven’t lived up to that expectation” of acting in a responsible way off the field. He said the team is doing everything it can to make changes.
As far as enforcing discipline, though, York cited flaws in the league’s collective bargaining agreement with the players’ union.
“We certainly need to take a very hard look at ourselves as a league and figure out a better way to do this,” York said. “Coming back to Ray McDonald, we’ve got a collective bargaining agreement in place that makes it difficult for the teams to take an action, for the league to take action. We need to set any negotiating aside and figure if there’s a better way through collective bargaining and through everything to look at domestic violence.”