Reuben Foster met with 49ers officials on Monday, one day after the linebacker was arrested on domestic violence and other charges in nearby Los Gatos.
Citing sources with knowledge of the investigation, The Mercury News of San Jose on Monday reported that Foster’s longtime girlfriend claimed that he dragged her during an argument at a Los Gatos home Sunday morning. He also threw her belongings out of the house in an apparent attempt to remove her from the premises. Foster’s attorney on Monday declined to comment on the allegations.
The NFL Network said that “no quick resolution“ is expected in the matter as the 49ers, the NFL and law enforcement go over the case.
In April, the 49ers quickly parted ways with cornerback Tramaine Brock after he was arrested for abusing his then girlfriend in Santa Clara. An initial police report said his girlfriend had “visible injuries” around her neck and the 49ers released Brock a day after the incident.
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Brock, however, later was cleared of all charges due to insufficient evidence when his girlfriend declined to cooperate. The NFL dropped its investigation as well. Brock, now a member of the Minnesota Vikings, is set to become a free agent next month.
In Foster’s case, police in Los Gatos released scant official information, saying only that officers conducted a welfare check after getting a disturbance call at around 9:15 a.m. Sunday. Foster was arrested without incident and charged with domestic violence, making criminal threats and possessing an assault weapon, which The Mercury News identified as a SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle.
In California, those found guilty of domestic violence can be sentenced up to four years in state prison. The NFL’s personal conduct policy carries a six-game suspension for domestic violence violators.
Foster, 23, has additional issues. He failed a drug test at last year’s scouting combine due to a diluted sample. Last month he was arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession, a misdemeanor. He has an initial hearing on that charge on Feb. 28, according to the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office.
Foster was injured for half of his rookie season in 2017 but drew praise as one of the top rookies in his class and one of the best young linebackers in the league.
Though the 49ers considered him one of the three best players in the draft, he fell to the end of the first round due to concerns about a shoulder injury and character issues that included the failed drug test at the combine and an altercation with a hospital technician at the same event that resulted in him being sent home.
Foster and then-teammate Ray-Ray Armstrong also were part of a police report in San Francisco in October after they were the victims in an alleged robbery attempt outside of club. The two ran from the scene and called police from a nearby hotel.