San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested in Alabama on Friday night for second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest database.
The 49ers released a statement at 9:30 p.m. Friday to address Foster's arrest:
“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Reuben Foster and we are currently gathering all relevant facts.”
Image credit: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
Foster was held on $2,500 bond, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office database. The information was not available on the database at approximately 8:30 p.m. (PT), signifying he was out of bond, according to Lt. Andy Norris of the sheriff's office via communication on Twitter.
Second-degree marijuana possession is a Class A misdemeanor, defined as possession for personal use only under Alabama law. In Alabama, Class A misdemeanors carry no more than a year of jail time, and a fine of up to $6,000.
Foster played collegiately at Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, where he was an All-American and winner of the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker.
The 49ers traded up to No. 31 overall to select Foster in the first round of the 2017 draft. He said he had a diluted urine sample during a test at the NFL Scouting Combine. He also got into an argument at the hospital with a worker while waiting for a physical and was sent home early from the combine.
After the 49ers selected him in the draft, Foster was asked if he thought there were concerns from NFL teams about off-field issues.
“Yeah, of course,” Foster said on April 27. “People were concerned about the diluted sample. People were concerned about me just getting kicked out of the combine.
“But they (the 49ers) gave me a chance. They gave me a chance, and I really appreciate the 49ers. I’m just ready to go hard and work hard and just prove that I’m worthy of that spot and they’re not going to regret it.”
A player’s standing within the NFL’s policy on substances of abuse is confidential. But a diluted sample is treated the same as a positive test. The first discipline for Stage Two, if for marijuana, is a fine equivalent of two game checks, according to the policy.
Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared as a rookie and recorded 72 tackles. Foster missed five games with a high-ankle sprain and one game with a ribs injury. He was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.