Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Grand Jury Indicts Former 49er Ray Mcdonald on Rape Charge

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Grand Jury Indicts Former 49er Ray Mcdonald on Rape Charge

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GRAND JURY INDICTS FORMER 49ER RAY MCDONALD ON RAPE CHARGE: A Santa Clara County grand jury indicted former San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald on one count of rape of an intoxicated person.

The announcement came Wednesday, with the indictment stemming from an incident Dec. 15 at McDonald's home.

Current 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks also has been charged by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office with misdemeanor sexual battery for an alleged assault the same day involving the same victim. The case against Brooks also was announced Wednesday.

The 49ers sent Brooks home from Colorado, where they are holding joint practices with the Broncos before playing a preseason game against Denver on Saturday night.

VIRGINIA TECH AD SQUASHES COACH'S IDEA OF FINING PLAYERS: Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock quickly responded to defensive coordinator Bud Foster's suggestion that coaches might fine players from their cost of attendance stipends by saying no such thing will happen.

New NCAA rules allow schools to pay a stipend of several thousand dollars to athletes that cover school expenses beyond tuition, fees and room and board. Virginia Tech is among the many schools paying the stipend.

Foster was quoted by reporters as saying the staff would explore fining or withholding cost of attendance money as a way to punish players for minor transgressions, creating a small Twitter firestorm. Withholding financial aid would be an NCAA violation.

After being alerted to Foster's comments, Babcock sent a text to The Associated Press, saying, "Will be stopped immediately."

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