Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charge before 49ers-Bucs game

Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charge before 49ers-Bucs game

TAMPA, Fla. -- 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge, about 15 hours before kickoff against the Buccaneers.

Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. ET, and no bond was immediately posted, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff arrest report. Foster was arrested on "probable cause" of battery (domestic violence), the report said.

The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the news of Foster’s arrest. The 49ers didn’t immediately release a statement.

According to the arrest report, Foster was detained at 9:10 p.m., local time, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where the 49ers are staying. The Tampa Police Department later released a statement saying "Foster and the victim lived together in the past and they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years."

The statement sent to NBC Sports Bay Area read in full:

"Tampa Police officers responded to the Grand Hyatt hotel to investigate a domestic violence call shortly after 9 p.m. on November 24. Reuben Foster and the female victim were involved in a verbal altercation. The victim stated that during the altercation Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face. Officers observed a one inch scratch on the victim's left collar bone. 

"During the investigation officers learned that Foster and the victim lived together in the past and they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years. 

"Foster was charged with one count of first degree misdemeanor domestic violence and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail." 

Tampa police later updated the police report, an officer told NBC Sports Bay Area, to state that the alleged open-handed slap was to the left side of the alleged victim's face.

Tampa police told KGO-TV that Foster was "very cooperative when arrested." They said the alleged victim called them to the 49ers' hotel, and had "very minor" injuries. 

Tampa police also told KGO that Foster will appear before a judge at 7 a.m. ET local time Sunday on the charge.

This isn’t the first time Foster has had legal issues. Domestic violence charges were dropped against him earlier this year after his then-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, recanted her allegations that Foster had struck her several times in the head.

Foster also missed the 49ers’ first two games this season while suspended by the NFL over an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession and a subsequent weapons charge. Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge, and was given community service and two years’ probation.

Foster’s future with the 49ers now is in question, as both coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch have stated a no-tolerance policy concerning domestic violence.

Lynch addressed the matter prior to the start of the 2018 season.

“If Reuben did indeed hit this young lady,” Lynch said, referring to the Ennis case, “he won’t be part of our organization going forward.”

Lynch has said the 49ers didn’t treat the situation with Foster differently than that of Tramaine Brock, whom they immediately released after he was arrested.

Prior to the offseason, Lynch stated the 49ers have been very clear with Foster about their expectations.

“We have talked with Reuben, and the context in a broad sense of what we discussed with Reuben is just our expectations for him and our expectations for all our players,” Lynch said. “We have a high standard.”

Shanahan also addressed the previous allegations against Foster.

“We can promise you guys if there’s someone who ever hits their significant other, girlfriends, some person like that, that person is not going to be on our team,” Shanahan said. “I feel strongly about that. I know John does. I know our ownership does.

“That’s how we feel about it. Obviously, Reuben is on our team right now, so we’re waiting to see how that goes. But if that’s something that we felt he did or ended up happening, you guys will see how we feel.”

Foster, 24, has 29 tackles in six games this season. He slipped to the 49ers at No. 31 in the draft last year over concerns about a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Foster's availability for Sunday had been in question because of a hamstring strain that caused him to miss two games before the 49ers' bye week. 

Why Le'Veon Bell unlikely to be right fit for 49ers in NFL free agency


Why Le'Veon Bell unlikely to be right fit for 49ers in NFL free agency

The 49ers spent big money on a running back during free agency a year ago.

But the contract Jerick McKinnon signed a year ago does not even compare to the kind of deal that would satisfy scheduled free agent Le’Veon Bell.

McKinnon signed a four-year, $29.75 million contract a year ago. Bell refused to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season on a one-year deal worth $14.5 million on the team's franchise tag.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert on Wednesday said the organization would not place the franchise tag on Bell again this year. Bell is scheduled to be available to any team as an unrestricted free agent in mid-March.

But do not expect the 49ers to get seriously involved, said Chris Simms, a former NFL quarterback, NBC Sports analyst and close friend of 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan.

“That’s a position where Kyle, the Shanahans in general, look at and go, ‘I can get more out of that position than the normal guy; I don’t need to waste money to get a special player there to get special results,’” Simms said on The 49ers Insider Podcast.

“Their offense, their design, can get special results as long as the player doesn’t have any huge, glaring weaknesses. Yeah, I’d be shocked if Le’Veon Bell ended up on the 49ers.”

McKinnon missed all of last season after sustaining a torn ACL a week before the start of the regular season. McKinnon is on pace to be cleared for the start of training camp – if not sooner – according to general manager John Lynch.

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In McKinnon's absence, the 49ers turned to Matt Breida, Alfred Morris, Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson. Breida led the way with 814 yards rushing with a 5.3-yard average. Breida, Morris, Mostert and Wilson combined for 1,769 yards with a 4.9 average.

Bell, 27, gained 1,291 yards (4.0 average) and nine touchdowns while catching 85 passes for 655 yards and two touchdowns in 2017.  McKinnon, 26, a part-time player with the Minnesota Vikings, gained 570 yards (3.8 average) and three touchdowns with 51 catches for 421 yards and three TDs in 2017.


Colin Kaepernick 'Icon' jersey offers NBA stars another way to show solidarity

Colin Kaepernick 'Icon' jersey offers NBA stars another way to show solidarity

Recently, some prominent NBA stars have come out in support of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, displaying their solidarity in different manners.

The Warriors' Kevin Durant, for instance, donned a black No. 7 jersey to and from a recent game at Oracle Arena, bearing the phrase "#IMWITHKAP" on the chest.

Steph Curry, wearing the same attire, recently posed for a photo with his son Canon.

The Lakers' LeBron James wore a nearly identical jersey getting off the plane when he and Los Angeles made the trip to Oracle to face Golden State earlier this month.

James took his support of Kaepernick a step further when he was asked about Kaepernick's reported settlement with the NFL at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

[RELATED: NFL compensating Colin Kaepernick for not playing football]

If Durant, Curry and James -- or anyone else for that matter -- like the black-and-white look, and want to show further solidarity for Kaepernick, well, they're in luck.

On Wednesday, Nike announced the release of a limited-edition Colin Kaepernick 'Icon' jersey -- the same one James wore as a tease getting off the plane in Oakland. As Kaepernick explained in a tweet, the jersey is dedicated to "those true to themselves on and off the field. Proudly, unapologetically and against all odds."

"We believe Colin Kaepernick is one of the most inspirational athletes of this generation, who has leveraged the power of sport to help move the world forward,” a Nike spokesperson told The Undefeated. “The jersey marks Nike’s continued product collaboration with Colin."

The NFL logo is notably absent from the jersey, which should not come as a surprise given Kaepernick's recent litigation with the league. 20 percent of all proceeds from the sale of the jerseys will go to the Know Your Rights Camp he founded, which raises awareness for youth "on higher education, self-empowerment and instruction on how to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios."

So, if you're in the market for a new black-and-white look, or simply want to show more support for Kaepernick, there are certainly worse ways you could spend your money.