Reuben Foster has been arrested on Sunday for the second time in as many months, this time on domestic violence and weapons charges in Santa Clara County.
According to Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police, officers responded to a disturbance call at 9:15 a.m. in Los Gatos at which point both Foster, 23, and the alleged victim were contacted. Foster was arrested without incident on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.
Per the California penal code, a criminal threat occurs when someone threatens to commit a crime that will result in death or great bodily injury to another person. Those guilty of domestic violence can be punished by up to four years in state prison.
The 49ers’ inside linebacker and first-round draft pick was held at the main jail in San Jose on $75,000 bail Sunday before being released at around 6:35 p.m.
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The 49ers issued a statement saying the team “is aware of the report regarding Reuben Foster. We take matters of this nature seriously and are gathering all pertinent information.”
Foster was arrested last month in Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he played college ball at Alabama, and was charged with second-degree marijuana possession.
He was considered the best inside linebacker in the 2017 NFL draft and his rookie season bolstered that evaluation. He finished second on the 49ers in tackles despite missing nearly seven games with injuries and won praise for his hard-hitting style.
However, he dropped to pick No. 31 over concerns about the health of his right shoulder and red flags about his character. That includes being sent home early from the 2017 scouting combine after an altercation with a hospital worker and a diluted drug sample at the combine.
In October, Foster and Ray-Ray Armstrong, a 49ers linebacker at the time, bolted from would-be robbers, one of whom was carrying an assault weapon, outside a club in San Francisco. The linebackers called police from a nearby hotel and no arrests have been made in the case.
All of those issues put Foster in the crosshairs of the league’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies and could mean a suspension is forthcoming.
“We talked with Reuben about that and he apologized for it, admitted that it was a mistake. I think a lot of young people make mistakes,” general manager John Lynch said after selecting Foster with the second of the team’s two first-round picks. “You know, I would anticipate people maybe questioning some of his character, but I would tell you his character’s what drew us to him. When you start talking football with this young man he lights up a room, and he’s a good kid. I believe in the kid and I think it’s going to be, he’s going to be a great player for this organization for a long time.”
In April, the 49ers released starting cornerback Tramaine Brock one day after he was arrested in Santa Clara on a domestic violence charge involving his girlfriend. Charges against Brock, who is now with the Minnesota Vikings, were dropped in August and the NFL also ended an investigation into the matter.
“As those situations arise – and hopefully there won’t be a lot them – we’re going to treat each one of them as a unique and different situation,” Lynch said at the time. Upon taking over the 49ers, Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan stressed the importance of character in the team’s locker room.
“We’re going to hold people accountable,” Shanahan said a year ago. “We’re going to do it the right way. Everybody who’s in this from the top to the bottom will be going in one direction.”