Reuben Foster sidelined for San Francisco 49ers' offseason program

Reuben Foster sidelined for San Francisco 49ers' offseason program

The charges came in the wake of an alleged domestic violence incident in which the 24-year-old National Football League player attacked his 28-year-old girlfriend on February 11 during an argument in their Los Gatos home. When officers arrived, the girlfriend told them that Foster had dragged by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her 8-10 times in the head. With AP Photos.San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges.

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster will not participate in team activities as his domestic violence case plays out, the team announced Sunday. He is scheduled to meet with the team this week, a sitdown that could determine his future with the franchise. He is also being charged with misdemeanor possession of large capacity weapon magazine.

The Santa Clara District Attorney informed Foster's attorney the misdemeanor would be dropped at his next schedule court date April 30.

If convicted on all charges, He faces up to 11 years in prison. "This is way beyond a simple domestic violence case", says Steven Clark, legal analyst and former prosecutor.

Foster last Thursday was charged with three felonies, two of which are related to domestic violence, and a misdemeanor for possession of ammunition for an assault rifle.

It was a mutual decision by the Niners and Foster that he remain away from the team for the start of the offseason program, according to NFL Network's Jim Trotter.

San Francisco released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges against Foster.

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.

"Look, we hate it very much when any player that we had here, who did a great job for us here at Alabama - great job - in terms of how he represented the university, how he represented our program, the contribution that he made to our program, and, obviously, we have a player that you'll probably ask me about that has legal issues - Reuben Foster", Saban told reporters. "We don't condone this kind of behavior and certainly we'd not like to see any of our players have any kind of issues or the victims to suffer any at all".

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