San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with domestic violence and three other felonies stemming from an incident in February in which he is accused of physically assaulting his live-in girlfriend.
According to an ESPN report, the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office on Thursday announced the charges as domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon, which are all felonies. Additionally, Foster was charged with misdemeanor possession of a large-capacity weapon magazine.
Police responded to a disturbance call on February 11 at a home in Los Gatos, California where they spoke with Foster and the alleged victim. Investigators say during the alleged incident, Foster dragged his girlfriend by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times. She suffered a ruptured eardrum and multiple bruises, officials said.
In a statement released to the media, the 49ers said they are following the matter and will let it it play out before taking action.
“We will continue to follow this serious matter,” the team’s statement said. “Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”
The incident marks Foster’s second brush with the law in as many months. In January, the 24-year-old was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a Class A misdemeanor. He was released that night on $2,500 bond. If convicted of this latest incident, he could reportedly face more than 11 years in prison.
Drafted out of Alabama in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Foster was San Francisco’s second-leading tackler last season with 71.