49ers' Reuben Foster Will Not Participate in Team Activities Amidst Legal Issues

Monday, 16 Apr, 2018

According to ESPN's Nick Wagoner, the San Francisco 49ers will not allow linebacker Reuben Foster to participate in team activities while he addresses his legal matters.

San Francisco released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges against Foster. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process", the team said on Thursday.

Foster did not enter a plea in his brief arraignment on his three felony charges - 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 - as well as misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine. Foster faces up to 11 years in prison of he's convicted on all three charges. "Our office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year".

Foster, who has been working out on his own at the team facility since his legal troubles began, will not do so alongside his teammates, although the team is likely to continue to provide support and assistance in other ways while the matter goes through the court system.

After Foster was charged last week, the Niners issued a statement saying they meant to follow the matter and noted that Foster "is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process".

According to the DA's office, on February 11th the victim flagged down a stranger's vehicle driving on Shannon Road in Los Gatos and asked for help.

Per the release, the alleged victim flagged down a stranger's auto following an altercation with Foster in which he physically threw her out of their home, pulled her hair and punched her in the head eight to 10 times. She was taken to an area hospital with bruises and a ruptured eardrum. He also was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on January 12 and charged with second-degree marijuana possession.

All other 49ers players are expected for Monday's first workout, including quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who two months ago signed the biggest contract in National Football League history (five years, $137.5 million).

Former prosecutor and legal analyst Steven Clark told KPIX 5 one big question mark is whether Foster's girlfriend will testify against him in court. Foster just finished a solid rookie season and was expected to be a key part of the 49ers defense going forward.