clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster charged with domestic violence, could face prison time

The 49ers linebacker is facing serious felony chargers.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic violence, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney. The charges stem from a February incident in which he allegedly attacked his live-in girlfriend, leaving her with some serious injuries. If convicted, Foster could face up to 11 years in prison.

The details of the charge are gruesome. Per the district office, Foster “dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times.” You can read the entire announcement from the Santa Clara DA here.

This charge comes after a litany of character questions that started during the pre-draft process leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft. He was thrown out of the NFL Combine after reportedly getting into a heated argument with a student hospital worker during the physical examination portion of the week. He also failed a drug test at the combine. And just a few months ago, Foster was arrested for marijuana possession.

Foster, considered one of the most talented linebacker prospects in last year’s draft, was available for the Detroit Lions at the 21st overall pick. Instead, the team chose Jarrad Davis, and Foster was chosen 10 picks later by the 49ers.

Subscribe to PODD

After winning their first NFC North title in 30 years, the Lions have unfinished business this offseason. Stay updated with Jeremy Reisman through Pride of Detroit Direct, our newsletter offering up exclusive analysis. Sign up with NFCNORTH30 to get 30% off after your free trial.