The charges stem from a February 11 incident where prosecutors contend Foster "dragged" his live-in girlfriend "by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times", rupturing her eardrum.
Prosecutors have dropped a misdemeanor ammunition charge against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, but his three felony charges for domestic violence and possessing an assault weapon remain, authorities announced Monday. Foster faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted.
"Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters", the 49ers said in a statement. The 49ers said in a statement that Foster's future with the team will be "determined by the information revealed during the legal process". In addition to those felonies, Foster has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a large-capacity-weapon magazine.
BC-FBN-49ers-Foster, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 30449ers: Foster to miss offseason program for legal issuesAP Photo CAJSO401Eds: Restores dropped first reference for John Lynch in 2nd paragraph. If convicted of all charges, Foster could go to prison for almost a decade. Foster didn't enter a plea at his arraignment before Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Nona Klippen at the Hall of Justice in San Jose, California, and he left the courthouse after Klippen set his bail at $75,000. "Our office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year".
The offseason program is the de facto start of the new season for players. He was welcomed back to the team when the court case concluded, but was cut a year later following an ugly incident in San Francisco in which the fullback attacked an elderly man and his son in a hotel.
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. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process".
Either case could lead to discipline from the National Football League, up to and including suspension.
"We don't condone this kind of behavior and certainly would not like to see any of our players have any of these kinds of issues or the victims to suffer any at all".