49ers LB Reuben Foster charged in domestic violence case

49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence against his live-in girlfriend, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office announced Thursday.

49ers LB Reuben Foster charged in domestic violence case

49ers LB Reuben Foster charged in domestic violence case

Foster faces allegations that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempted to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon. He is also being charged with misdemeanor possession of large capacity weapon magazine.

“Foster, 24, physically attacked the 28-year-old woman during a February argument at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum,” the DA's statement read.

If Foster is convicted on all of these accounts, he could face more than 11 years in prison.

"Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners," Prosecutor Kevin Smith said in a statement. "Our Office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year. We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest."

San Francisco released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges against Foster.

"The 49ers organization is aware of today's disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster. We will continue to follow this serious matter," the statement read. "Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process."


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Foster was originally arrested Feb. 12 on charges relating to domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. The release notes the victim told police, "Foster dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times."

Foster will be arraigned on Thursday.

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