Source: 49ers talk multiple times with Foster


Source: 49ers talk multiple times with Foster

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.

Reuben Foster has marijuana misdemeanor charge dismissed


Reuben Foster has marijuana misdemeanor charge dismissed

Reuben Foster saw another win legally Friday as his marijuana charge resulting in a misdemeanor was dropped in Alabama. 

Foster's case was dismissed Friday by the Tuscaloosa district attorney's office after completing a diversion course. The 24-year-old must pay court costs and a $100 bail bond fee, according to multiple reports. 

Even though the misdemeanor was dropped, Foster could still face discipline as part of the NFL's substance abuse policy.

Friday's news comes just two days after a Santa Clara County judge dismissed two domestic-violence charges against Foster and reduced a weapons charge to a misdemeanor. 

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee was first to report Friday's news. 

Reuben Foster's accuser will not face charges of lying to police or perjury

Reuben Foster's accuser will not face charges of lying to police or perjury

The woman who recanted her accusations that 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster punched her in the face 10 times will not face prosecution for lying to police or perjury.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office did not respond specifically to questions about Foster’s former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, but sent a general statement that addresses the situation.

“We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant,” the statement from the DA’s office read. “We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them.”

Foster's lawyer was not available for comment at the time of the news. 

A judge on Wednesday cleared Foster of two felony domestic violence charges. Foster joined the team’s offseason program on Thursday after general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan had stated any player who hits a woman will not have a spot on with the 49ers.

Ennis told police investigators in Los Gatos on April 11 that Foster dragged her, beat her and spit on her. Two days later, she recanted her statement. Under oath last week at the preliminary hearing, Ennis said Foster did not harm her. She said the injuries were the result of a fight with another woman the night before. According to Ennis, she lied as revenge against Foster, who threatened to end their relationship.

Judge Nona L. Klippen, in announcing her decision, concluded the prosecution did not prove probable cause in the preliminary hearing last week. The judge said photographs of Ennis’ injuries were more consistent with a purported fight after a road rage incident, which was apparently captured on video, than from the punches of an NFL player.

An hour after the judge’s decision, the DA’s office released a statement in which it expressed disappointment the case against Foster was not advanced to trial.

“Recantation is common among domestic violence victims,” the DA office's statement read. “Some are scared, some feel guilty, some are coerced, some need money. Whatever the cause, we move forward on cases when victims falsely recant because we know that if we don’t more victims will be hurt. Our commitment to domestic violence survivors is unwavering.”