San Francisco 49ers officials spoke multiple times Monday with Reuben Foster, both in person and over the phone, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area.
Foster remains under investigation after he was arrested Sunday morning in Los Gatos on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon, according to the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department. He was released on $75,000 bail on Sunday. Foster spoke Monday with 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan.
Foster’s girlfriend accused him of dragging her during an argument, the Bay Area News Group reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.
According to the report, the alleged victim told officers Foster threw her belongings onto a walkway and balcony, and Foster dragged her in an apparent attempt to remove her from the home.
The 49ers released a statement on Sunday, stating the organization is “gathering all the pertinent information.” An NFL spokesman said the league will “look into the matter.”
The 49ers traded up to select Foster with the No. 31 overall pick in last year’s draft. There were character concerns surrounding Foster, who produced a diluted sample during a urine test at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was sent home early from Indianapolis after he got into a confrontation with a hospital worker as he awaited his physical.
Lynch said the 49ers were “exhaustive” in their effort to get to know Foster before the draft. The 49ers held meetings with Foster at the combine and at team headquarters in Santa Clara. The organization also sent Keena Turner, vice president of football affairs, and team chaplain Earl Smith to meet with Foster for two days before the draft in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
"I feel really good not only because we got a great player, (but) because I think we’re going to have a great plan for the young man both on (and off) the field and we care about the kid,” Lynch said after the 49ers selected Foster in the draft.
Foster was arrested in Tuscaloosa last month for second-degree possession of marijuana.