The 49ers are already equipt to handle Reuben Foster being recently charged with felony domestic abuse (by the Santa Clara DA’s office).
An NFL spokesman commented on Reuben Foster’s felony charges: “We continue to monitor all developments in this matter which is under review of the personal conduct policy.” CEO Jed York said back in late March he would take responsibility for what ultimately happens with Foster remaining on the team or not, once more evidence comes to light (via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area).
Here’s more from York on Foster:
“We’d love Reuben to be on this team,” York said on the final day of the NFL owners meetings. “And we’d love him to participate for us, but if he’s not doing things off the field that allow us to be able to rely on him – or he’s doing something that we’re not comfortable with off the field and it’s proven that’s what’s going on — I think the guys have said then you’re just going to have to move on.”
“I think everything has to be case-by-case because no incident is the same and no situation is the same,” York said. “I think we have certainly made mistakes in the past because we’ve been too lenient.”
“Ultimately, you can say everything is my call,” he said. “So, if it comes down to it, if there was something I’m not comfortable with but football (side) was, I would ultimately make that decision.”
The 49ers have issued a statement in the wake of the Foster charges:
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster. We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”
Fellow teammates Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt show support for Foster:
“Sherman notes that Reuben Foster isn’t from the area, doesn’t have any family here and he wanted to be on hand for support. Jaquiski Tartt also on hand at the courthouse for support.” Via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. Tartt also went to twitter to show his support for Foster.
In the Wake of the Reuben Foster charges the 49ers will stay the Course
The 49ers have several linebackers under contract that can play the Mike (middle linebacker) and Will (weak side linebacker) position on the roster. And as defensive coordinator Robert Saleh likes to say the “stack linebacker” in their 4-3 under scheme.
Plus last season’s free agent acquisition Malcolm Smith, who signed a five-year, $26.5 million contract with the 49ers (including $12 million guaranteed and a $7 million signing bonus), will be a full go this offseason, as he returns from a torn bicep injury.
Foster is going to face at least a six-game suspension, if he’s still a member of the 49ers in the near future or not. Regardless, the 49ers need to stay the course and stay true to their NFL Draft plans, as many expected them to do anyway. Just a theory here (eyes open), but I don’t think the 49ers were caught off guard by Foster being charged by the DA’s office.
First and foremost, I don’t condone Foster’s action one bit, especially as a father with a daughter of my own. However, don’t be surprised if the 49ers don’t release Foster and he stays on the team, barring any self-inflicted incident in the near future. Foster is expected to attend the 49ers offseason program, which opens Monday. To be continued…
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