San Francisco 49ers Release Reuben Foster after Arrest for Domestic Violence

Reuben Foster
Photo: Jeff Chiu (AP)

With the NFL season in full swing, and the games full of epic wins, plays, and suspense, it hasn’t been without the disappointment of one NFL team who seems to be continually in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

The San Francisco 49ers have spent the past 2 years shrouded in controversy following the actions of then quarterback Colin Kaepernick when he took a knee during the National Anthem. Any good news about the teams wins or brilliant plays have been completely overshadowed yet again thanks to the negative spotlight of one of their linebackers.

On Saturday November 25, 2018, just hours before game time, Rueben Foster was arrested on domestic violence charges after police were called to the Grand Hyatt hotel where they found Reuben’s female companion with a scratch on her collar bone. She was allegedly slapped across the face as well as pushed in the chest. The couple have been periodically dating on and off over the past 3 years.

General Manager John Lynch made a statement implying Foster broke several ground rules set out to create a successful team and franchise that were communicated ‘exceptionally clear’ to him. The Linebacker was immediately fired before he could hit the field on Sunday morning. The decision to cut Foster from the team was absolutely justified since he has had several run-ins with the law, including a prior felony domestic battery charge, as well as weapons and drug charges.

Because this crime occurred in the state of Florida, Reuben Foster will be subject to their local jurisdictions and laws. Had the 49ers been playing a home game and the incident occurred in San Francisco, under California Penal Code 243 (e)(1) Foster would likely face domestic battery charges.

Even though Foster and his female friend weren’t officially dating at the time, the law still defines this incident as a domestic battery charge because the law includes ‘any persons with whom the defendant has or used to have a dating relationship.’

In California, domestic battery if charged as a misdemeanor has penalties that could include a fine of up to $2,000 dollars, with the potential stint of up to a year in county jail. If he had been convicted in California, Rueben Foster would also be required to complete 52 weekly classes under the Batterers’ Intervention Program.

If you or someone you know has been falsely accused of domestic violence, contact us 24 hours a day at (310) 448-1529 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/Bundy Station. We have flexible hours and weekend appointments, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.

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