Niners’ Reuben Foster To Miss Offseason Program To Deal With Arrest For Domestic Violence
Reuben Foster Sits Out 49ers’ Offseason Program
The 24-year-old linebacker will not participate in team activities as he undergoes the legal ramifications of his February 11 arrest. On Thursday, Foster was charged with felony counts of domestic violence. He allegedly caused bodily injury to his victim and tried to stop said victim from reporting his crime. Foster was also charged with possession of a firearm, and also drew a misdemeanor charge for possessing a large-capacity magazine.
On February 11, police in Los Gatos, California responded to a distress call from a residence in the area. Officials soon revealed that Foster had assaulted his girlfriend and left her with a broken eardrum. The linebacker allegedly dragged the woman by her hair and subsequently punched her in the head eight to 10 times.
Foster’s arraignment was last week. He has ordered not to be in contact with the woman in any way. He is currently free on $75,000 bond. A plea hearing has been scheduled for April 30.
In addition to this issue, Foster has also been charged with second-degree marijuana possession in Tuscaloosa, Alabama following an arrest there on January 12. His hearing for that incident has been set for May 2.
The NFL could hand down severe punishment for either incident, including suspension.
In a statement issued last week, the league stated it would “continue to monitor all developments in this matter which is under review of the personal conduct policy.”
There has been some controversy in recent days over the fact that the league has thus far chosen to punish free agent Colin Kaepernick’s protests of the national anthem more than Foster for much more severe crimes. Last week, it was revealed the Seattle Seahawks postponed a workout with Kaepernick because he wouldn’t explicitly say he would stop kneeling for the anthem.
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