49ers linebacker jailed on suspicion of domestic assault

  • Authorities say San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle 
  • Arrest records show Foster, a rookie out of Alabama, was booked at the Santa Clara County jail Sunday with bail set at $75,000 
  • According to reports, a woman who has been in a long-term relationship with Foster told officers an assault occurred after an argument
  • Officers located the rifle while responding to the call 
  • In January, Foster was charged with second-degree marijuana possession
  • He also was put in the league's substance-abuse program for a diluted urine sample at least year's NFL Draft Combine 

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 21:23 EST, 11 February 2018 | Updated: 09:19 EST, 12 February 2018

Reuben Foster was arrested for marijuana possession last month in Alabama (pictured). Now Santa Clara County authorities say  he's been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle
Reuben Foster was arrested for marijuana possession last month in Alabama (pictured). Now Santa Clara County authorities say  he's been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle

Reuben Foster was arrested for marijuana possession last month in Alabama (pictured). Now Santa Clara County authorities say  he's been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle

Authorities say San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possessing an assault rifle less than a month after a previous arrest for second-degree marijuana possession.

Arrest records show Foster, 23, was booked at the Santa Clara County jail Sunday with bail set at $75,000. He was released on Sunday night. 

The East Bay Times reports that a woman who has been in a long-term relationship with Foster told officers an assault occurred after an argument. Officers located the rifle while responding to the call.

Foster is expected to post bail on Sunday.

The 49ers released a statement saying the organization is aware of the arrest and is collecting information.

'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,' the statement reads. 

Reuben Foster (No. 56) tackles Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker 
Reuben Foster (No. 56) tackles Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker 

Reuben Foster (No. 56) tackles Tennessee Titans wide receiver Eric Decker 

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league is looking into the matter.  

In January, Foster was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession in Alabama. He also was put in the league's substance-abuse program for a diluted urine sample at least year's NFL Draft Combine.

'He's got to stay — he knows it — he's got to stay clean,' 49ers general manager John Lynch told Jennifer Chan of NinersNation.com at the Senior Bowl in January. 'We all know how special a player he can be when he's right. So he's got to figure out how to stay healthy and stay out of trouble, but we believe he will do that.' 

Foster was put in the league's substance-abuse program for a diluted urine sample at least year's NFL Draft Combine
Foster was put in the league's substance-abuse program for a diluted urine sample at least year's NFL Draft Combine

Foster was put in the league's substance-abuse program for a diluted urine sample at least year's NFL Draft Combine

The NFL now suspends first-time domestic violence offenders for six games, regardless of whether that player is convicted of the crime in court.

This season Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott served a six-game suspension for domestic violence despite the fact that Ohio prosecutors declined to pursue the case last year, citing conflicting evidence.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of overcompensating for a league scandal in 2014, when Goodell admittedly mishandled the suspension of former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice back.

Goodell first suspended Rice only two games after video emerged of the former Rutgers star dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator at an Atlantic City casino. However, that suspension was extended indefinitely after another video was released depicting Rice striking his fiancée in the elevator.

Rice was ultimately released by the Ravens and has remained unsigned ever since.

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch on Foster: 'He's got to stay — he knows it — he's got to stay clean. We all know how special a player he can be when he's right'
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch on Foster: 'He's got to stay — he knows it — he's got to stay clean. We all know how special a player he can be when he's right'

San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch on Foster: 'He's got to stay — he knows it — he's got to stay clean. We all know how special a player he can be when he's right'

Foster's father Danny allegedly shot Foster's mother, Inita Berry Paige, while she was holding an 18-month-old Foster. After spending 16 years as a fugitive, Foster was captured in Miami in 2013.    

Danny Foster was indicted by a grand jury in 1996 but fled the state before being arrested again in California, authorities said. He was ultimately sentenced to 30 years in prison with a earliest release date of July 17, 2035.

Paige, speaking with AL.com, said the shooting left her with a collapsed lung and it wasn't until four days afterward when she returned for additional treatment that doctors realized Reuben was injured because a skin infection had concealed his wound. 

Reuben Foster, a high school senior in 2013 when his father was arrested, had recently declared his intention to play at Alabama when he heard the news. 

‘Tears pooring (sic)’ Foster wrote on Twitter.

Paige told AL.com that she had mixed emotions about her husband’s arrest.

‘I was relieved and sad all at the [same] time,’ Paige said. ‘I was relieved because he got caught but I was sad because some of the pain and memories that our kids will have to go through about it.’ 

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