Former Alabama LB Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence


Former Alabama LB Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence

Carla Harmon
April 13, 2018

The attack left her "bruised and with a ruptured ear drum" according to the DA.

This isn't the type of news anyone wants to hear in the offseason but Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence in California on Thursday.

On February 11, the victim flagged down a stranger's auto driving on Shannon Road to call 911.


The team released the following statement: "The 49ers organization is aware of today's disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster". In total, Foster has been charged with three felonies by Santa Clara authorities - forcefully attempting to prevent the victim from reporting the crime and assault with the possession of a weapon. According to the DA, he is facing more than 11 years in prison if convicted and could still be suspended by the National Football League if charges are avoided.

Foster is accused of striking his 28-year-old girlfriend in the head "eight to 10 times" as well as dragging her by the hair and "physically throwing her out of the house".

Foster has been scheduled for arraignment at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 in Department 44 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose. "We hope this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest". Though highly talented, Foster's injury history and character questions - he was kicked out of the Combine previous year after both failing his drug test and allegedly mistreating a hospital worker during his medical checks, and was arrested in January while in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession - made him a risk for many teams. Foster also faces additional felony charges.


It wouldn't be surprising for the 49ers to cut ties with the former first-round pick in the next 24-to-48 hours.

Foster delivered on the field, ranking second on the team with 72 tackles in 10 games as a rookie and looking like a key part of San Francisco's defensive future.

"We've had some really frank discussions with Reuben", Lynch said last month. "I think you let those things happen organically and we did what we felt was the right situation in that situation".


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