The 49ers indicated Thursday no immediate action will be taken against linebacker Reuben Foster after he was formally charged with felony domestic violence.
In a statement released approximately 90 minutes after the Santa Clara County District Attorney Office’s announcement, the 49ers statement read:
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster. We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”
The 49ers begin their formal offseason conditioning program on Monday at the club’s practice facility in Santa Clara.
Foster was formally charged with felony charges of domestic violence from a Feb. 11 incident involving his 28-year-old live-in girlfriend, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office announced Thursday. It is alleged Foster “inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime,” according to the DA’s office.
Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon, as well as misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine. If convicted, Foster faces more than 11 years in prison, according to the DA’s office.
The woman was bruised and sustained a ruptured ear drum, according to the report. She told responding officers that Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times, according to the DA’s report.
Regardless of whether Foster is convicted of any charges, he could still face discipline from the NFL. Said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy, "We continue to monitor all developments in this matter, which is under review of the personal conduct policy."