TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted to make it clear that he doesn’t condone the behavior alleged in the Reuben Foster case, but he hopes to remain supportive of his former star linebacker.
Foster was charged with felony domestic violence on Thursday. The charges stem from an incident in February when he was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle.
“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. … Obviously we have a player that you’ll probably ask me about that has legal issues: Reuben Foster,” Saban said. “I don’t think I’m in a position to comment, because I don’t know the details and the facts. One of the things we try to teach our players here is that there are consequences for good and bad behavior, but we’re going to remain supportive and try to help our players any way that we can.
“We don’t condone this kind of behavior and certainly would not like to see any of our players have any of these kinds of issues or the victims to suffer any at all. So with that said, I can’t make any more comments about that.”
Foster is accused of “physically attacking” his girlfriend and leaving her “bruised and with a ruptured ear drum,” according to a release from the Santa Clara, Calif., district attorney.
Despite the charges, Foster is still with the San Francisco 49ers, who took him with the No. 31 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Foster was considered a top-10 talent, but a failed drug test, a shoulder injury and his dismissal from the NFL combine caused his stock to plummet.
In his rookie season with the 49ers, Foster played in 10 games, recording 59 tackles and 1 pass deflection.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 12, 2018