49ers won't allow Reuben Foster to participate in team activities

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

The 49ers said in a statement that Foster's future with the team will be "determined by the information revealed during the legal process". The NFL team announced on Sunday night that the former Alabama All-American would not take part in the offseason program - at least not until Foster's legal troubles are resolved.

Both the Santa Clara County district attorney's office and Foster's defense team seem resolute in their respective positions with assistant district attorney Kevin Smith signaling Thursday that he would go ahead with the trial even if Foster's girlfriend refuses to testify, something that has undermined the prosecution in previous assault cases involving 49ers players. He is also charged with misdemeanor possession of large capacity weapon magazine. The only words he said in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Thursday were to affirm to Judge Nona Klippen that he would not contact the alleged victim, his long-time girlfriend, who's accused him of rupturing her eardrum and hitting her eight to 10 times in the head, all of which required treatment at a local hospital, according to prosecutors. Foster faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted. "We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest". "Our office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year".

The league, in a statement released last week, said it was going to "continue to monitor all developments in this matter which is under review of the personal conduct policy".

After Foster was charged last week, the Niners issued a statement saying they meant to follow the matter and noted that Foster "is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process".

The woman flagged down a auto driving to call 911 and was transported to a hospital after speaking to police. 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.

I predict the 49ers will release Foster or a week or two after the draft, probably on a Friday, just to bury the news. He also was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on January 12 and charged with second-degree marijuana possession.

Either case could lead to discipline from the National Football League, up to and including suspension. A second charge could lead to a lifetime ban. He was named the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Month for November and finished the season ranked second on the team in tackles (72).

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