49ers cut Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest
The San Francisco 49ers cut linebacker Reuben Foster Sunday morning after the former first-round draft pick was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa the night before the 49ers played the Buccaneers.
Foster was arrested on charges of domestic violence after a woman came forward and accused him ofslapping her phone out of her hand, pushing her in the chest and slapping her in the face.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the accuser was the same woman who charged Foster last offseason, then recanted.
In the offseason, Foster was charged with felonies for domestic violence and making criminal threats but those charges were dropped after the ex-girlfriend in question recanted her story.
While that situation was being sorted out, 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan told reporters that there was no place for abusers on his team.
“We can promise you guys, if there’s someone who ever hits their significant other, girlfriends, some person like that, that person is not going to be on our team,” Shanahan said. “I feel strongly about that. I know (general manager John Lynch) does. I know our ownership does.”
The 49ers kept Foster under contract after the offseason charges were dropped, and the linebacker started the 2018 season with a two-game suspension from the league for violating both the conduct and substance abuse policies. (Foster had also been charged with marijuana possession.)
But Sunday, they cut bait with the 24-year-old, who was the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Foster had not been having a terrific NFL career on the field, and the team stuck to its guns about punishing his latest off-the-field transgression.