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Reuben Foster claimed by Washington, placed on Commissioner Exempt list

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Reuben Foster claimed by Washington, placed on Commissioner Exempt list

Former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, whom Washington claimed off waivers Tuesday, was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list, the league announced.

An NFL spokesman told NBC Sports Bay Area that the league "will continue to review the matter."

The 49ers waived Foster on Monday, two days after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla., following an alleged domestic dispute with on-again-off-again girlfriend Elissa Ennis, who had previously accused him of domestic violence after a February incident at a Los Gatos house they shared.

Washington claimed Foster off waivers, but he'll be ineligible to play for an indefinite period of time, according to league's policy on personal conduct.

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“A player who is placed on the Commissioner Exempt List may not practice or attend games," the policy read, "but with the club’s permission he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities.”

Foster was released from Hillsborough County Jail in Tampa on Sunday afternoon after posting $2,000 bail after his arrest for misdemeanor domestic violence. He returned to the Bay Area on a commercial flight early Monday afternoon.

49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

49ers' Mike McGlinchey not finished learning from retired Joe Staley

Mike McGlinchey, the 49ers' 2018 first-round draft pick, got an immediate opportunity to learn from one of the NFL’s best offensive tackles in Joe Staley. Now that the franchise icon has hung up his cleats after 13 seasons in San Francisco, McGlinchey hopes he still can learn from Staley.

"Hopefully, [Staley] will be up [from his home in San Diego] helping us out with the Niners as much as possible," McGlinchey told ESPN's Jordan Schultz on Instagram Live (h/t 49ersWebZone). "I'm still definitely going to lean on him and send him things that I'm thinking about. He still does want to be involved with football, but it's to the point where your body's not letting you play anymore.”

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Staley broke down the extent of his injury issues earlier this offseason, including a “deteriorating” neck condition that doctors told him would require surgery were he to continue playing in the NFL.

The longtime left tackle is one of the most revered 49ers players of the 21st century, and McGlinchey knows there is plenty left to be learned from the six-time Pro Bowl selection.

"He's still a great football mind, the way that he prepared his whole career," McGlinchey said. "I mean, he separated himself because of that kind of stuff, and so he's got countless lessons that you can learn from forever.

"He has become one of my best friends, and rarely is our conversation just about football," McGlinchey added.

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Trent Williams, acquired from Washington last month to try to fill that hole at left tackle, is another multiple Pro Bowl player who can help guide McGlinchey. That said, don’t expect Staley to just fade into the shadows and not be involved with the organization in some capacity in the coming years.

Colin Kaepernick opens fund to pay George Floyd protesters' lawyers

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Colin Kaepernick opens fund to pay George Floyd protesters' lawyers

Ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is raising money for defense lawyers to represent people arrested while protesting in Minneapolis in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Kaepernick announced the formation of the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative on his Instagram page Friday. The initiative "has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers" in Minneapolis to offer legal assistance for protestors, according to the organization's website. Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp will fund the initiative, and is accepting donations at the same link that users can request legal support.

"When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary," the group's website said.

Formed soon after he began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality against African Americans, Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp has a self-stated mission of advancing "the liberation and well-being of black and brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization" and creating "new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders." Kaepernick previously donated $1 million to social-justice organizations as part of a pledge made during the 2016 season.

Kaepernick's protest earned renewed attention following Floyd's death. Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died Monday while in police custody, and bystanders recorded video of now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin putting his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes while Floyd pleaded that he couldn't breathe. Chauvin, who is white, and three other police officers were fired Tuesday.

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman announced Chauvin was arrested Friday on charges of manslaughter and third-degree murder, and state charging documents allege Chauvin's knee was pressed on Floyd's neck for nearly three minutes after he became non-responsive. Freeman said the other officers also could face charges.

Protesters demonstrated in the Twin Cities for each of the last three days, with some turning violent Thursday night as demonstrators set fire to the fired officers' former precinct. Floyd's death sparked outrage and criticism nationwide, and Kaepernick tweeted Thursday that "[we] have the right to fight back!" Others, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, highlighted the visual similarity between Kaepernick kneeling before games and Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck to recall why Kaepernick protested in the first place.

[RELATED: Stephen Jackson calls for justice for 'twin' Floyd in press conference]

The 2016 season was Kaepernick's last with the 49ers and, as of this writing, his last in the NFL. Kaepernick has not been signed since opting out of his contract ahead of the 2017 offseason. He alleged that the league's owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protest, but Kaepernick ultimately settled a collusion lawsuit with the league last year.

The NFL organized a workout for Kaepernick, who has insisted he still wants to play football amid whispers to the contrary, at the Atlanta Falcons' facility last fall. Kaepernick moved it to a high school just outside of Atlanta after the league barred media access and his lawyers deemed a waiver "unusual," but he didn't receive any offers from teams. Ex-49ers QB Alex Smith and former coach Jim Harbaugh, two of Kaepernick's colleagues during his six seasons with the 49ers, intimated in separate interviews earlier this month that Kaepernick is good enough to have an NFL job.

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