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What the past tells us about 49ers' initial reaction to Foster's arrest


What the past tells us about 49ers' initial reaction to Foster's arrest

The 49ers have remained silent after making an initial statement shortly after Reuben Foster’s arrest Sunday morning on suspicion of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is in the process of reviewing the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to move forward with criminal charges, according to Sean Webby of the DA's office.

The 49ers issued a statement on Sunday to acknowledge Foster's arrest and disclose the team was "gathering all pertinent information." Foster has spoken multiple times – in person and over the phone – with 49ers officials, including general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, NBC Sports Bay Area reported.

All indications are the 49ers have not arrived at the conclusion Foster’s actions Sunday morning warrant an immediate ejection from the organization based on what they know about the incident and their subsequent interactions with Foster.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy states that the league will undertake an investigation any time it becomes aware of a possible violation of the policy. Investigations may be conducted by NFL Security, independent parties, or by a combination of the two, according to the policy. Violations of the personal conduct policy that involves domestic violance will subject the offender to a baseline suspension without pay of six games.

The alleged victim told Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police investigators she and Foster argued and Foster threw her belongings onto a front walkway and balcony, the Bay Area News Group reported, citing “sources familiar with the investigation.” Foster was accused of dragging her in “an apparent attempt to remove her from the home,” according to the report.

The Lynch-Shanahan regime has dealt with a related off-field matter just once. And in that case, there was swift action.

The organization released cornerback Tramaine Brock in April just hours after he was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident. The alleged victim told police Brock punched her in the face and attempted to strangle her.

The case against Brock was dismissed due to insufficient evidence. The alleged victim declined to cooperate, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. And the NFL last month cleared Brock of discipline under the personal conduct policy.

The 49ers’ decision to release Brock was the fourth time in four years – with four different general manager-coach tandems – in which the organization cut a player after a run-in with the law.

In each case, the 49ers released the player almost immediately after police announced an arrest or, in the case of Ray McDonald, the naming of a player as a suspect in a criminal investigation.

The 49ers cut McDonald on Dec. 17, 2014, one day after police searched his home and named him as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Then-general manager Trent Baalke cited a “pattern of poor behavior" in explaining the decision to release McDonald.

On Aug. 7, 2015, the 49ers released Aldon Smith just hours after Santa Clara Police announced Smith was arrested for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism. It was Smith’s fifth run-in with the law since 2012.

“This is a day that doesn't have anything to do with football,” then-coach Jim Tomsula said. “Although he won't will be playing football for the San Francisco 49ers, he (Smith) will be supported, and he will be helped."

Just hours after Bruce Miller was arrested for alleged aggravated assault and elder abuse in San Francisco on Sept. 5, 2016, the 49ers released him.

The 49ers did not release Miller, McDonald or Ahmad Brooks after previous alleged domestic incidents. The 49ers released Brooks in August because the club believed it had enough depth at his position, Lynch said.

Former 49ers lineman arrested after disturbing gun threat on Instagram


Former 49ers lineman arrested after disturbing gun threat on Instagram

Former NFL offensive lineman Jonathan Martin has been arrested after posting a picture on his Instagram story that caused Harvard-Westlake High School to close its campuses in Los Angeles. 

The picture Martin posted is of a gun and shells laid out on a bed with the message "When you're a bully victum & a coward, you're options are suicide, or revenge." Martin also tagged former Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, along with writing #HarvardWestlake and #MiamiDolphins. 

Martin is an alumnus of the Southern California prep high school. He was also the target of Incognito's bullying and taunts during the 2013 season when he was teammates with him in Miami. 

The 28-year-old played for the 49ers in the 2014 season. He has not appeared in a regular season game since. Martin also spent his college career at Stanford. 

Report: Warriors interested in former Defensive Player of the Year


Report: Warriors interested in former Defensive Player of the Year

Joakim Noah has only played seven games this season, but the Warriors are reportedly interested in adding the veteran big man to their bench. 

Noah, who turns 33 in two days, has not suited up in a game since Jan. 23. That game was a Knicks loss... to the Warriors. He played 4 minutes and 31 seconds, scored two points and grabbed one rebound. 

The veteran may never play again for the Knicks and could be a buyout option. If that does happen, the Warriors, Thunder and T'Wolves are all interested in Noah, according to Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. 

In the seven games that he has played, Noah is averaging 1.7 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in New York. Back in 2012-13 and 2013-14, Noah was an All-Star with the Bulls and was named the 2013-14 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. 

Noah has been out of the rotation and off the court ever since an altercation with head coach Jeff Hornacek one month ago in Denver. The issue reportedly first came to fruition the night before in Oakland after the team's loss to the Warriors.