Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Misdemeanor ammunition charge dropped against 49ers' Reuben Foster

Misdemeanor ammunition charge dropped against 49ers' Reuben Foster

"As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process", the statement reads. The 24-year-old linebacker is accused of physically attacking his 28-year-old girlfriend at their Los Gatos home in February.

The 49ers are still taking a wait-and-see approach to Foster's legal plight.

Shortly after the charges were announced, the 49ers said they had been made aware of Foster's situation but indicated he'd remain with the team.

The offseason program is the de facto start of the new season for players.

The San Francisco 49ers will start their offseason program on Monday, but linebacker Reuben Foster won't be there.

Foster has not publicly commented on his status. The victim told responding county sheriff's deputies and Los Gatos police that Foster had dragged her out by her hair, threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times, according to the district attorney's office.

He faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon.

The charges will be adjusted for Foster's next court date, scheduled for April 30 at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose. In addition to those felonies, Foster has been charged with misdemeanor possession of a large-capacity-weapon magazine. And I predict Foster will go to prison. One of the things that we try to teach our players here, there are consequences for good and bad behavior.

Foster, who has been working out on his own at the team facility since his legal troubles began, will not do so alongside his teammates, although the team is likely to continue to provide support and assistance in other ways while the matter goes through the court system. This Office has been advised that a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego has issued an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the misdemeanor ammunition charge, pending review by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Foster was limited in last year's offseason program as he recovered from pre-draft surgery on his right rotator cuff. "He is now facing two strikes, under the three strikes law". Phase 2 covers three weeks as coaches are allowed onto the field with players, while team drills and helmets are allowed the final four weeks in Phase 3.

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