Foster to miss 49ers activities as case plays out

49ers say Reuben Foster won't participate in team activities while tending to legal matters

The San Francisco 49ers will hold linebacker Reuben Foster out of offseason team activities, the team announced Sunday. The misdemeanor ammunition charge is expected to be dropped, according to the DA, because of a federal injunction.

The report states that Foster will not participate in the 49ers' offseason program as the legal system takes its course.

The DA's office announced three felony charges: -Domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury; -Forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime; -Possession of an assault weapon (a Sig Sauer 516). If convicted of all charges, Foster could go to prison for almost a decade.

The 28-year-old alleged victim, who was his live-in girlfriend at the time, reportedly suffered bruises and a ruptured eardrum from the altercation.

Foster is free on $75,000 bond and has a plea hearing on April 30.

Foster's attorney, Joshua Bentley, said in a statement Friday he had no intention of discussing the case with reporters, and that he and his client "are most anxious to have all of the facts come out and that will happen in the courtroom, not the media".

The Niners are set to begin their offseason program Monday along with all other National Football League teams that didn't hire new head coaches. Foster was eventually arrested without incident. "Our office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year".

"[Foster] will not participate in team activities as he is tending to his legal matters", 49ers CEO Jed York, general manager John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan said in a statement, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The informal ban from offseason workouts at the facility does not preclude the 49ers from assisting Foster off the field, and that includes support from Lynch, front-office advisor Keena Turner and player engagement director Austin Moss.

The 49ers released a statement attributed to chief executive officer Jed York, general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan on Sunday night saying that Foster will not be participating in team activities as he goes through the legal process stemming from his February 11 arrest.

It wasn't the first time Foster - the 49ers first round draft pick in 2017 - has run into trouble with the law since his rookie season ended. he was arrested in mid-January while being back in Tuscaloosa, Ala. where he starred for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide.



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