Reuben Foster, ex-49ers linebacker, fined but not suspended by NFL

Reuben Foster, ex-49ers linebacker, fined but not suspended by NFL

Former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been taken off the Commissioner Exempt list and can fully participate in all team activities for Washington, the NFL announced on Friday

Foster, who was arrested on Nov. 24, 2018 at the 49ers' team hotel for alleged domestic violence, received no suspension for the 2019 season. He has been fined two game checks. 

Below is an official statement from Foster: 

Foster was claimed by Washington one day after the 49ers released the former first-round draft pick. He was also arrested in Los Gatos in Feb. 2018 for allegedly hitting the same woman, Elissa Ennis, who accused him of doing so later that year Tampa. 

The charges stemming from the February incident against Foster were dropped after Ennis, under oath, testified at the preliminary hearing that she lied about her accusations against him.

Foster's November domestic violence charge was dropped the day before his arraignment in January.

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In less than two seasons with the 49ers, Foster played in 16 games. He recorded 101 tackles. 

Washington paid Foster $257,350 over the final five weeks of last season even though he was unable to practice or attend games while on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.

The NFL’s fine for the 2019 season will cost Foster a total of $151,134 in salary.

Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation


Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

With protests taking place in numerous cities nationwide, 49ers CEO Jed York announced Saturday night that the team would be making a $1 million donation to local and national organizations seeking social change.

Two former 49ers teammates had different responses to York on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, praised York for his commitment to fighting injustices.

York even responded to Smith.

But safety Eric Reid, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and played with the team through the 2017 season, was not a fan of York's donation.

Smith and Reid were teammates on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.

Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in 2016 to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices plaguing the United States.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract after being told he would be released, and the 49ers didn't re-sign Reid, who would join the Panthers early in the 2018 season.

Smith defended York's handling of Kaepernick's protest, but Reid wasn't having it.

Smith could only agree with what Reid said.

The protests across the nation are in response to recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of police.

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change


49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of the-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement.

Along with the organization's latest donation, York also committed support for the Players Coalition, which was co-founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition’s goal is to make an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.

York’s announcement comes as protests take place across the nation. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by Minneapolis police on Monday. Video later surfaced that showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he told officers he was struggling to breathe.

“People throughout our country are hurting,” York wrote in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we just first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against.

“The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

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