Analysis: What Reuben Foster’s arrest means for him and 49ers


Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49er linebacker, leaves Santa Clara County Jail, Sunday evening, Feb. 11, 2018, after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle in Los Gatos. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

SANTA CLARA — Reuben Foster’s sparkling smile, boundless enthusiasm and affable spirit as a rookie linebacker can’t mask the trouble he and the 49ers find themselves in now.

Foster’s arrest Sunday – on charges of domestic violence, assault-weapon possession, making threats — casts his job in doubt, as well as his life, of course.

The 49ers are at a crossroads. The league, at some point, will weigh in, no doubt. It’s a familiar cloud for a franchise that was starting to bask under sunnier skies.

Only two days after knighting Jimmy Garoppolo with the NFL’s richest contract ever, the 49ers quickly discovered that a dreamboat quarterback can’t always serve as the face of the franchise.

Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49er linebacker, leaves Santa Clara County Jail, Sunday evening, Feb. 11, 2018, after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle in Los Gatos. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

Let’s examine the fallout that might ensue from Foster’s Sunday morning arrest in Los Gatos:

— What punishment does he face?

The legal and judicial systems obviously could determine where Foster’s path goes from here, and that could be one to four years in jail if found guilty of domestic violence, not to mention another year or more for the assault weapon, according to the state penal code.

Football-wise, Foster’s second arrest within the month makes him highly vulnerable to miss multiple games next season.

The NFL’s personal-conduct policy is in play, and a domestic-violence case commands a six-game suspension. The Dallas Cowboys repeatedly challenged that last year, until running back Ezekiel Elliott succumbed at midseason and served his time; criminal charges weren’t pursued a year earlier.

Foster’s arrest in Alabama last month for second-degree marijuana possession also could yield discipline. He entered the league’s substance-abuse program at last year’s scouting combine with a failed drug …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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