Reuben Foster, 49ers LB, Charged With Domestic Violence And Gun Possession
Reuben Foster has been arrested for the second time in less than one month.
Reuben Foster domestic violence charge news
The 23-year-old San Francisco 49ers linebacker — a 2017 first-round pick out of Alabama — was arrested in Santa Clara County, California on Sunday after being charged with domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.
Police responded to a disturbance call made at approximately 9:15 a.m. at a Los Gatos residence. After speaking with Foster and the alleged victim, the linebacker was arrested and was held on $75,000 bail.
The Niners released a statement Sunday night saying they were still gathering information about the situation.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the report regarding Reuben Foster,” the statement said. “We take matters of this nature seriously and are gathering all pertinent information.”
Foster was previously arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Jan. 12 for second-degree marijuana possession, a Class A misdemeanor in the state. He was released that night on $2,500 bond.
The linebackers’ arrests could lead to discipline from the NFL, up to and including a suspension. Foster’s cases both stand to be reviewed under the league’s policies on substance abuse and personal conduct.
Foster was second on the 49ers in tackles with 72 in 10 games.
Following Foster’s marijuana arrest, Niners general manager John Lynch said the linebacker needs to work on avoiding off-the-field problems.
The first-round pick’s arrest is the second related to domestic abuse since Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan joined the 49ers last year.
In April 2017, cornerback Tramaine Brock was arrested in Santa Clara on a felony domestic violence charge. The team released him the next day. The charges against Brock, now a Minnesota Vikings player, were dropped in August, and the league did not pursue any further discipline.
At that time, Lynch said the Niners’ handling of such issues would be carried out on a case-by-case basis.
The 49ers — who finished the 2017 regular season 6-10 — acquired quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a former New England Patriots backup, in a record-breaking five-year deal last week.