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49ers' Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence after punching woman 10 times

According to NFL.com, newly-inked 49ers, teammate/cornerback Richard Sherman was among those who attended Thursday's hearing for Foster, who has been charged with three felonies.


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The Santa Clara District Attorney's office announced San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with three felonies on Thursday, including domestic violence, stemming from his February arrest, according to NFL.com. 

 

Police responded to a disturbance call on Feb. 11 at a residence in Los Gatos, California, and spoke to Foster and his live-in girlfriend, the company reports. 

 

Authorities said the 24-year-old had "physically attacked" and caused a "bruised and with a ruptured eardrum." They also said Foster, according to ESPN, "dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times."

We'd love Reuben to be on this team. And we'd love him to participate for us. But if he's not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him -- or he's doing something that we're not comfortable with off the field and it's proven that's what's going on -- I think [general manager John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan] have said then you're just going to have to move on

Jed York
Owner, San Francisco 49ers

Foster was charged with domestic violence with an allegation of "great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon."

 

 All of the preceding are felony charges.

 

Though considered a top 10 talent in last year's draft, the former Alabama standout fell to No. 31 (to the Niners) because of evident character and injury issues. He was even sent home from 2017 NFL Scouting Combine for arguing with a hospital employee, per ESPN. He started ten games in his rookie season, registering 72 tackles.

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