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GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 21: Defensive end Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers on the bench during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49er defensive end Ray McDonald is seen in an undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department. McDonald, 29, was arrested early Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014 by San Jose Police on felony domestic violence charges. San Jose police Sgt. Heather Randol says McDonald was taken into custody after officers responded to a home in an upscale neighborhood. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department)
San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, center, speaks to reporters after NFL football training camp in Santa Clara, Calif., Friday, July 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Defensive end Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers warms up before their game against the Chicago Bears at Levi's Stadium on September 14, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 24: CEO Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 21-7. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 17: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers sits with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and 49ers CEO Jed York during the the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Levi Stadium on July 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 28: Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the field prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Houston, Texas. The 49ers defeated the Texans 40-13. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates with Ray McDonald after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, in Atlanta. The 49ers won 28-24 to advance to Super Bowl XLVII. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) tackles Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) as the 49ers outside linebacker Aldon Smith, right, grabs Rodgers while fighting against the Packers offensive tackle David Bakhtiari (69) during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch carries the ball as San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald (91) tries to make the stop in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. At left is San Francisco 49ers free safety Eric Reid (35) and at right is Seattle Seahawks guard J.R. Sweezy (64). (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, center, carries the ball past San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald, left, and San Francisco 49ers strong safety Donte Whitner, right, in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman (53) and defensive tackle Ray McDonald (91) celebrate during the second half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99), defensive end Ray McDonald (91) and Ahmad Brooks (55) celebrate after Brooks sacked Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, San Francisco 49ers' Ray McDonald sits on the bench during the second half of an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, 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." (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Ray McDonald warms up before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 19: Defensive Line Coach Jim Tomsula of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Justin Smith #94, Ray McDonald #91 and Ian Williams #93 during the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on October 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the 49ers 42-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 02: Austin Davis #9 of the St. Louis Rams is chased out of the pocket by Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium on November 2, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 14: Ray McDonald #91 of the San Francisco 49ers heads to the field prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 21, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the 49ers 23-14. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 7: Justin Smith #94, Ray McDonald #91 and Ian Williams #93 of the San Francisco 49ers sit on the bench during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on September 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 28-17. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Ray McDonald #91 during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Levi Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 21-7. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald seeks to restore his relationship with his fiancee as well as resume his football career.

"I have no malice toward anyone," McDonald said Tuesday, a day after the Santa Clara County district attorney's office announced it declined to file charges against him in an investigation stemming from his Aug. 31 arrest. "I feel like I'm a good guy, a teddy bear."

McDonald said he's ready to move forward after spending weeks having his focus divided between football and his off-field activities.

"I'm not the kind of guy to put a hand on a woman like that," McDonald said. "I respect women and the truth came out. It was weighing on me because a lot of things were being said about me that I knew weren't true. I just kept my mouth shut and let the process play out."

McDonald has played all season despite pressure on the 49ers to not play him. He has 24 tackles, 15 solo, while starting all nine games for the 49ers (5-4), who travel to play the New York Giants on Sunday.

"I want to move past it and focus on the game this week," he said. "My team had faith in me. My friends, family and coaches all know what kind of guy I am."

McDonald and his fiancee remain together and are working to strengthen their relationship.

"We love each other," McDonald said. "It was one of those things that happen and it got thrown out to the public. When it's on the national stage, you have no choice but to learn from it. We don't want to put ourselves into situations like that again."

49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said at the time that public pressure wouldn't affect how the team handled McDonald's situation. An eight-year NFL veteran, McDonald has been a key member of one of the NFL's top defenses.

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