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Bears' McCaskey Takes Blame For McDonald Signing, Second-Guesses Vetting Process

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 28 / 15

Bears Chair George McCaskey "was the one to take the blame" for signing DE Ray McDonald, who Monday was released following his second domestic violence-related arrest in the last nine months, according to Patrick Finley of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. McCaskey said, "It was our decision -- my decision, ul...

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07/23/97
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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Franchises, NFL, NHL, Sports Illustrated, Time Warner

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