On Sunday, Reuben Foster was arrested and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on charges relating to domestic violence. On Monday, The Mercury News’ Robert Salonga and Cam Inman report that his girlfriend accused Foster of physically dragging her during an argument in a home in Los Gatos.
According to their sources, the incident left the woman injured but the extent of those injuries were not disclosed. She also told police during a 911 call that he owned semiautomatic rifles, and officers recovered a SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle. Foster was booked on suspicion of domestic violence, making criminal threats, and possessing an assault weapon. He was later released after he posted $75,000 bail.
If found guilty of domestic violence, Foster could face one to four years in jail. Another year or more could be tacked onto that for the assault weapon, Inman reports.
This is Foster’s second arrest within the last month. The 2017 first-round pick was arrested on second-degree marijuana possession charges in mid-January. That arrest figures to void some of Foster’s guarantees. This one could well affect his availability for the 2018 season. A six-game suspension is in play for Foster, even if he’s not ultimately convicted.
Foster went into the team facility and met with team officials today following his arrest, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported (Twitter link). He adds that a resolution will not happen quick, as the team plans to go through a fact-finding process.
The current San Francisco power structure has acted swiftly in the past when dealing with domestic violence incidents. Although charges against Tramaine Brock were later dropped, the 49ers cut the productive cornerback the day after he was arrested last April. It’s extremely unlikely they’ll take this route with Foster, however, given his standing within the organization. But the second-year player is now probably on much thinner ice with his team.
The rookie played in 10 games in 2017, making 72 tackles. The 49ers traded back into the first round to draft him at No. 31 after the Alabama product fell from a high first-round pick due to injury concerns.
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