Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster reportedly has been arrested for the second time in a month, and this arrest appears to be much more serious than his misdemeanor marijuana charge in January.
Foster was booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Sunday for charges related to domestic violence, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Sarah Ravani and Eric Branch.
According to Robert Salonga of the Mercury News, Foster was also arrested on charges of possession an assault rifle.
The former Tide All-American had a successful rookie season with the San Francisco 49ers, registering 72 tackles in 10 games.
Foster was a first-round pick in 2017 after an incredible senior season at Alabama. He registered 115 total tackles to go with 13 tackles for loss and 5 sacks, winning the Butkus Award for his efforts.
However, he slipped all the way No. 31 in the draft because of medical concerns (he had offseason shoulder surgery) and character questions. Foster had multiple dustups at the 2017 NFL Combine: failing a drug test and getting kicked out of the event for getting into an altercation with a hospital employee.
“I would anticipate people maybe questioning some of his character, but I would tell you his character’s what drew us to him,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said after drafting him in April. “When you start talking football with this young man, he lights up a room, and he’s a good kid. I believe in the kid and I think it’s going to be — he’s going to be a great player for this organization for a long time.”
Lynch has also commented on how his team will handle domestic violence issues, after the team cut Tramaine Brock in April 2017.
“As those situations arise and, hopefully, there won’t be a lot them, we’re going to treat each one of them as a unique and different situation. That’s what we did [with Brock],” Lynch told the Chronicle last year. “I can also tell you that it wasn’t meant to send a message. I think you let those things happen organically and we did what we felt was the right situation in that situation.”
The San Fransisco 49ers have released an updated statement on Foster’s situation:
Statement from #49ers on arrest of Reuben Foster: “The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the report regarding Reuben Foster. We take matters of this nature seriously and are gathering all pertinent information.”
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) February 12, 2018