49ers release statement on charges filed against Reuben Foster

Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears carries the football against Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field

Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears carries the football against Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office filed charges against 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster Thursday in relation to his February arrest for domestic violence incident in Los Gatos.

Reuben Foster's tenure with the 49ers remains tenuous but not over, at least not in the immediate hours after he got charged Thursday for felony domestic violence and weapon possession. He could serve more than 11 years in prison if he's convicted, per the release. "We will continue to follow this serious matter", the statement continues.

He is scheduled to be arraigned today at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.

Foster is accused of attacking his girlfriend, allegedly dragging her by the hair through his house, throwing her out and hitting her on the head a number of times and leaving her with bruises and a ruptured eardrum. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process". "We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest", prosecutor Kevin Smith said in a news release.

Reuben Foster has played one season in the National Football League and his career may already be over.


On Feb. 11, police responded to disturbance call at the residence where they spoke to the alleged victim.

The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall past year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick. He started 10 games while registering 72 combined tackles with a pass defensed. The weapon reported was a Sig Sauer 516, including a large capacity magazine.

"We'd love Reuben to be on this team", York told NBC Sports Bay Area at the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.

It remains to be seen how general manager John Lynch will proceed with the Foster case, but the organization has not released the 24-year-old linebacker, yet. The arrest came a month after an arrest for second-degree possession of marijuana in Alabama.

The team's offseason program formally begins April 16.

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