Reuben Foster has been dealing with an ongoing legal battle for quite some time. After seeing a lot of new developments emerge, it looks like the situation could be nearing its end.
According to David Lombardi of The Athletic, Foster has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor weapons possession. Here’s the overall fallout of that plea:
Breaking: 49ers LB Reuben Foster pleads no contest to misdemeanor weapons possession. Foster sentenced to 2 years probation, 232 hours of community service, $235 total in fines. He is not allowed to have guns during course of probation.
— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) June 6, 2018
Even though Foster finally has some closure from a legal standpoint, he still could face a multi-game suspension from the NFL, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Despite 49ers' LB Reuben Foster pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons possession charge today, the NFL still is mulling a multi-game suspension for him, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 6, 2018
Foster’s legal troubles began in February when the San Francisco 49ers linebacker was arrested for a weapons charge. Soon after, he was arrested again on two felony domestic violence charges. Those charges were ultimately dropped after the victim recanted her accusations.
There’s no denying that Foster is one of the NFL’s most gifted young defensive players. As a rookie, the 6-foot-1, 228-pound linebacker recorded 72 tackles in 10 games. He graded out as the league’s No. 4 linebacker (90.7 overall grade), according to Pro Football Focus.
The most important thing for Foster moving forward will be to avoid more legal trouble. If he can keep on the right path, the sky is the limit for the former Alabama standout.