Monday, 23 April, 2018

Former Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster charged with domestic violence felonies

San Francisco 49er and Anthem Protester Reuben Foster, Charged with Felony Domestic Violence 49ers awaiting details of legal process before determining Reuben Foster's fate
Betsy Taylor | 13 April, 2018, 03:55

Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic violence Thursday morning, and the San Francisco 49ers have released a statement on the matter.

Foster, 24, is accused of attacking his longtime 28-year-old girlfriend in February and left her bruised and with a ruptured eardrum.

Sources familiar with the investigation told this news organization that the reported victim and Foster were arguing and that he threw her belongings onto a front walkway and balcony.

Prosecutors charged Foster with felony domestic violence, another felony for forcefully attempting to prevent the victim from reporting the crime, and a third felony for possessing an assault weapon. Each is a felony. Foster could face up to 11 years in prison if convicted.

There has been no word yet from the 49ers; Foster is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday afternoon.


Kevin Smith, deputy district attorney in the family violence unit, said the charges "underscore how serious we take all domestic violence in this county", noting that the Foster case is just one of almost 5,000 domestic violence cases his office handles each year. Smith said, "We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest".

A search of the couple's home revealed a Sig Sauer 516, an assault rifle, along with its large capacity magazine. Foster was charged with second-degree marijuana possession on January 12 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a Class A felony in the state, according to ESPN. "We will continue to follow this serious matter".

The 2017 National Football League draft pick has had run-ins with the law in the past. "Reuben is aware that his place in our great organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process". He was released the same night on a $2,500 bond.

#49ers linebacker Reuben Foster leaves court after domestic violence arraignment. He is pictured warming up prior to a game on December 24, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

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