The charges stem from a February 11 incident where prosecutors contend Foster "dragged" his live-in girlfriend "by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times", rupturing her eardrum.
Prosecutors said Foster was charged with three felonies - domestic violence with an allegation that he inflected great bodily injury, forcefully preventing a victim from reporting a crime and illegal possession of an assault weapon. With AP Photos.San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster won't participate in the offseason program while he tends to legal matters related to his domestic violence charges. "As previously stated, his future with the team will be determined by the information revealed during the legal process".
Foster is also charged with one misdemeanor: -Possession of large capacity weapon magazine.
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As a result, it was up to the 49ers as to whether he would participate in any offseason workouts. If convicted of all charges, Foster could go to prison for almost a decade.
Foster is free on $75,000 bond and has a plea hearing on April 30. "This is way beyond a simple domestic violence case", says Steven Clark, legal analyst and former prosecutor.
The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall past year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick. He was welcomed back to the team when the court case concluded, but was cut a year later following an ugly incident in San Francisco in which the fullback attacked an elderly man and his son in a hotel.
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When fullback Bruce Miller was in the midst of legal woes stemming from a domestic incident in 2015, he stayed away from the offseason program; Miller was released prior to the 2016 season after a different arrest for assault. "We will continue to follow this serious matter".
Foster could face discipline from the league for both infractions.
"Look, 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, and, obviously, we have a player that you'll probably ask me about that has legal issues - Reuben Foster", Saban told reporters.
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Foster was arraigned on Thursday and was issued a no-contact order by Santa Clara Superior Court Judge Nona Klippen for the girlfriend.