SAN FRANCISCO—San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, 24, appeared in court on Thursday, April 12 to be charged for an alleged domestic violence incident that transpired in February. According to reports, Foster attacked his longtime girlfriend on February 11 at the Los Gatos home the couple shares. Foster reportedly dragged his girlfriend by her hair before physically throwing her out of the house and punching her several times.
As a result of the incident, Foster faces multiple felonies including charges of 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. Foster posted the $75,000 bail immediately upon his arrest.
The weapons charge came after police found a Sig Sauer 515, as well as a large-capacity weapon magazine in the couple’s home. Both items are considered illegal in the state of California. If Foster is found guilty on all charges, he could face up to 11 years in prison.
CEO Jed York, GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated in a team statement on Sunday, April 15 that “Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters. As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process.”
Foster was drafted by the 49ers in the 2017 NFL draft. He was the 31st pick. A plea hearing has been set for April 30.