The 49ers defensive lineman, Ray McDonald, arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence expressed his apologies on Monday.

McDonald, 25, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol in San Mateo County on Saturday evening. He was booked and released one and a half hours later from San Mateo County Jail located in Redwood City.

McDonald gave a brief statement to reporters saying his lawyer advised him not to speak about the case. He stated, “I just want to let you all know that whenever it works itself out, you’ll know everything that’s going on.” He further stated, “I just want to apologize for making this a distraction because that’s not my intent. My intent is to come out here and work hard and try to win ballgames this year.

A team spokesman commented on McDonald’s arrest saying, “We take these issues very seriously but will reserve further comment at this time, as this is an ongoing legal matter.

In 2007, McDonald was drafted from Florida in a third-round draft pick. Last season, McDonald’s record as a defensive tackle in pass-rush situations included 29 tackles and three sacks.

His scheduled court date is for July 22.

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