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What the past tells us about 49ers' initial reaction to Foster's arrest


What the past tells us about 49ers' initial reaction to Foster's arrest

The 49ers have remained silent after making an initial statement shortly after Reuben Foster’s arrest Sunday morning on suspicion of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is in the process of reviewing the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to move forward with criminal charges, according to Sean Webby of the DA's office.

The 49ers issued a statement on Sunday to acknowledge Foster's arrest and disclose the team was "gathering all pertinent information." Foster has spoken multiple times – in person and over the phone – with 49ers officials, including general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan, NBC Sports Bay Area reported.

All indications are the 49ers have not arrived at the conclusion Foster’s actions Sunday morning warrant an immediate ejection from the organization based on what they know about the incident and their subsequent interactions with Foster.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy states that the league will undertake an investigation any time it becomes aware of a possible violation of the policy. Investigations may be conducted by NFL Security, independent parties, or by a combination of the two, according to the policy. Violations of the personal conduct policy that involves domestic violance will subject the offender to a baseline suspension without pay of six games.

The alleged victim told Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police investigators she and Foster argued and Foster threw her belongings onto a front walkway and balcony, the Bay Area News Group reported, citing “sources familiar with the investigation.” Foster was accused of dragging her in “an apparent attempt to remove her from the home,” according to the report.

The Lynch-Shanahan regime has dealt with a related off-field matter just once. And in that case, there was swift action.

The organization released cornerback Tramaine Brock in April just hours after he was arrested after an alleged domestic violence incident. The alleged victim told police Brock punched her in the face and attempted to strangle her.

The case against Brock was dismissed due to insufficient evidence. The alleged victim declined to cooperate, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. And the NFL last month cleared Brock of discipline under the personal conduct policy.

The 49ers’ decision to release Brock was the fourth time in four years – with four different general manager-coach tandems – in which the organization cut a player after a run-in with the law.

In each case, the 49ers released the player almost immediately after police announced an arrest or, in the case of Ray McDonald, the naming of a player as a suspect in a criminal investigation.

The 49ers cut McDonald on Dec. 17, 2014, one day after police searched his home and named him as a suspect in a sexual assault investigation. Then-general manager Trent Baalke cited a “pattern of poor behavior" in explaining the decision to release McDonald.

On Aug. 7, 2015, the 49ers released Aldon Smith just hours after Santa Clara Police announced Smith was arrested for DUI, hit and run, and vandalism. It was Smith’s fifth run-in with the law since 2012.

“This is a day that doesn't have anything to do with football,” then-coach Jim Tomsula said. “Although he won't will be playing football for the San Francisco 49ers, he (Smith) will be supported, and he will be helped."

Just hours after Bruce Miller was arrested for alleged aggravated assault and elder abuse in San Francisco on Sept. 5, 2016, the 49ers released him.

The 49ers did not release Miller, McDonald or Ahmad Brooks after previous alleged domestic incidents. The 49ers released Brooks in August because the club believed it had enough depth at his position, Lynch said.

Everything you need to know about Cal Olympic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil

Everything you need to know about Cal Olympic swimmer Abbey Weitzeil

Abbey Weitzeil came to Cal with plenty of pedigree. 

She arrived in Berkeley in the fall of 2016, soon after competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Weitzeil had two Olympic medals -- a silver in the 400-meter freestyle relay and gold in the 400-meter medley relay -- before she swam a single race for the Golden Bears. 

Now, Weitzeil is eyeing a ticket to Tokyo. She can seal her spot on the 2020 United States Olympic Swimming Team at the Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb. in June. 

Here's everything you need to know about the Cal star swimmer. 


Name: Abbey Weitzeil
Age: 23
Sport: Swimming 
College: Cal

Olympic History

Weitzeil won a gold medal as part of the United States' 400-meter medley relay team, swimming the freestyle leg in the preliminaries to secure the Americans' spot in the final. She also anchored the 400-meter freestyle relay team in the final of that race, earning a silver medal in the process.

The Saugus, Calif. native also swam in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle events, finishing seventh and 12th, respectively. She and Simone Manuel, who silvered in both, were the only Americans who swam in those races.

Fun Facts

Weitzeil originally started swimming as a 9-year-old, and only because her sisters did it. She wasn't a fan of weekend practices, either, and briefly gave up on the sport. 

"It just wasn't for me at the time and I didn't like it, so I quit," she said told NBC Sports in the feature story embedded in this piece. "And then I immediately was like, 'You know what, I miss it -- for some reason, I don't why.' So I went back to it, and when I started dedicating myself and going to all the practices and everything, that's when I started to take off and really realize that I like it."

It's safe to say she made the right call. Here are some more facts about Weitzeil. 

  • She set the American, U.S. Open and NCAA record in the 50-meter freestyle (21.02 seconds) in March 2019 and broke her own record in December (20.90 seconds) at the Minnesota Invitational. Weitzel became the first woman to cross the 21-second threshold.
  • Her national team experience has only gotten more extensive since Rio. She silvered in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the 2019 FINA World Championships in South Korea, and she represented the United States at the 2017 Worlds in the 50-meter freestyle.
  • Weitzeil originally committed to Cal in 2014 and would've started at Berkeley in 2015 had she not competed in the Olympics. She is a public health major. 

Social Media

Twitter: @abbeyweitzeil
Instagram: @abbeyweitzeil

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area, NBC Sports California reveal brand-new studio

NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California are about to get a whole new look. 

The home of Authentic Bay Area Sports will unveil its new state-of-the-art studio Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with "Sharks Pregame Live."

The sleek 2,270 square-foot studio boasts an interactive demo area and multiple anchor and reporter positions designed for movement and flexibility. 

“Our new studios will provide our anchors, analysts and insiders the ability to provide the region’s most comprehensive, informative and entertaining sports coverage across multiple platforms,” NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California Senior Vice President and General Manager Matt Murphy said in a statement. "We’ve created a world-class facility that is designed for innovation and the creation of compelling content for local sports fans.”

Every part of the studio can be used as a broadcast location, thanks to the litany of large displays integrated into its architecture, and a sleek LED display running the length of the studio forms the backdrop for the main anchor area. Located at the network's headquarters at 360 3rd Street in San Francisco, the studio includes 120 LED tiles in all: 75 are in the walls, and 45 are on the demo area's floor.

The studio, which was designed as part of a partnership between NBC Sports and the design group at Jack Morton Worldwide, primarily will serve as the main set for Warriors, Giants and 49ers pregame and postgame shows, as well as news updates, press conferences, breaking news and magazine shows.

A secondary studio will debut with "Sharks Pregame Live" on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., and it primarily will host NBC Sports California's pre- and postgame shows, news updates, press conferences and breaking news.