Latest On 49ers’ Reuben Foster

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster is facing multiple felony charges and one misdemeanor in relation to a February incident, according to a press release from the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office. If convicted, he’ll face more than eleven years in prison. 

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Foster faces charges of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon, all of which are felonies. He is also charged with misdemeanor possession of a “large capacity weapon magazine.” Foster will be arraigned in California on Thursday afternoon.

Per the DA’s office, Foster’s victim “told responding sheriff’s deputies and Los Gatos police that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to ten times.” In response, the 49ers released a statement indicating that Foster will be jettisoned if he his found guilty of the more serious charges:

The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster. We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”

Foster made an impact right out of the gate as a rookie in 2017, tallying 72 total tackles in ten games (all starts). In November, he earned NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month honors and appeared to be on track for a promising NFL career. Right now, his football future is very much in jeopardy.

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36 comments on “Latest On 49ers’ Reuben Foster

  1. Seattlehof24

    If he’s guilty, I’d like to see him get hit with something other than a fine. It seems like pro athletes often escape with a slap on the wrist.

    • semut

      And I’m sure that stance has everything to do with your high morals and values and not just because it’s an SF player, huh?

      • Mack83

        I’m not from Seattle, and I’d tend to agree w/ him. Slaps on the wrist don’t do anything (clearly).

        • semut

          I completely agree with that. I’m just saying that dudes comment about wanting him to get real punishment has everything to do with the fact that Foster is a 49er and Seattlehof24 is a Seahawks fan.

          I’ve been around long enough to know that if it were Chancellor (for example) this guy would be the first one calling for “understanding”

  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    He’s got 1st round money. He can afford a good lawyer. I doubt he’ll spend more than 90 days in jail. He’ll spin the NFL’s Wheel of Discipline and then be back on the field in time for the playoffs, assuming he isn’t released.

  3. Ironman_4life

    Not to start a political discussion but here’s another guy that took a knee during the anthem to promote peace..A fake a fraud and a phony

    • tsolid

      “Not to start a political post” then says something political. LOL! If you’re gonna post it, OWN up to it. Don’t be a namby pamby!

    • semut

      “Not to start a political post, but let me start a political post”

    • eaterofbirds

      whole lotta whitesplaining going on in here…

      got it all figured out, do ya?

      • semut

        You know, those little white avatars aren’t REALLY the commentors. You clearly have no clue who is a person of color here

    • stern.daniel

      There are more violent domestic abuses by players who didn’t take a knee then those that did take a knee. Don’t be a simpleton please.

  4. Clark K

    I know this is a football site but, I can’t help but feel we’re focusing on the wrong person. If these reports are true I really hope this young woman gets the help and support she needs so she doesn’t end up in another situation like this.

    As for Foster I really hope they aren’t true, we’ve seen so many promising careers ended because of stuff like this hopefully he gets his stuff together and we don’t hear another bad thing about him

    • semut

      What position does she play? None? Then you’re right – this is a football site. I’m sure CNN, MSNBC, Fox, etc ectc etc have plenty of articles about the victim if you’re actually interested. But yeah, this is a FOOOOOOOOOOTBALL website.

  5. eaterofbirds

    So much commentary on so little knowledge is what it comes down to. This kid obviously has issues. Mental illness, poor upbringing, etc etc. No one person knows…unless he has or will seek help. Unfortunately, it may be too late…Sure, money and lawyers can buy you time, but really what does that solve? Sometimes these “kids” come out of college, with all these issues in the background…spotlighted and the brinks truck is backing up with a roomful of cash. Meanwhile, the demons that they buried and went unchecked, come back to haunt them. I think we all forget football players are humans…with real world issues [i.e. mental illness]. Leave it to some who just cant help themselves with their take on social justice, jaded political commentary and expertise…

    • semut

      Sometimes when people commit crimes it’s just because they’re a bad person or made bad decisions. Not every single criminal gets to blame mental illness. I don’t know Foster from a hole in the wall but I know he got excellent grades in both college and high school, with not one single person ever voicing a concern about his mental state

  6. whodat37

    I’m tired of pro athletes being let off the hook for these types of crimes. If found guilty (and I’m not saying that he is), he should face the same penalties as anyone else; see plenty of jail time and be banned from playing in the league again. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, yet talent trumps character time after time. Who could seriously root for these guys after knowing what they’ve done?!

    • terror661

      Regular citizens are let off on domestic violence crimes all of the time. Even if they want to prosecute to the max, he can fight it and prove a lot less happened then the immediate charges. 99 percent of the time in domestic violence cases, charges get dropped to misdemeanors the legal process plays out. He will get 1 year jail suspended sentence to anger management and probation. In which case he will pay 25 bucks a week to pay a private company for anger management classes for 52 weeks. He will be able to play football baring NFL suspensions. Which we are all assume are coming. But that’s how the domestic violence system works. Regular people get the same treatment as anyone else from the judge. Maybe rich people have bigger fines but that’s it.

      • terror661

        The only way he does actual jail time will be because of the weapon.

  7. terror661

    He will be released soon unless they are only not doing it so another team can quickly benefit, even for a few games until league process plays out. Like the po.s Raiders did with Aldon Smith.

  8. whereslou

    They will drag this through the court systems for years and the 49ers can keep him playing because he hasn’t been convicted yet. Every other team has cut the player once charged. The 49ers will hold their players to the highest level though.

  9. sufferfortribe

    Gavin Newsom is on line 1, asking about the large capacity magazine.

  10. leprechaun

    The cops framed him and the NFL is picking on him. And he wants everyone in the NFL to kneel on his behalf opening game

  11. Poundsy24

    He’s facing up to 11 years in prison. I think there’s a strong probability he’s serving some time (not the full 11 years) based on the details and severity of these allegations if convicted.

    I also think the second the 49ers release him the Bengals will be calling his agent (assuming he still has one).

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