Washington: Charged with three felonies, including domestic violence, Reuben Foster has been told by the San Francisco 49ers to stay away — at least for now, as the team’s voluntary off-season workout programme begins and they wait to see what evidence emerges from his case.
Foster was arraigned on Thursday, after having been arrested in February at the Los Gatos, California, home he has been sharing with his girlfriend. According to prosecutors, she told police that he “punched her in the head eight to 10 times”, resulting in a ruptured eardrum and bruising.
In addition to domestic violence, Foster was charged with forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. The second-year linebacker out of Alabama, a first-round pick by San Francisco last year, could face more than 11 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Foster “will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters,” the 49ers said in a statement. “As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process.”