San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with three felonies stemming from an incident with his girlfriend in February, according to the Santa Clara County, California District Attorney’s Office.
The Santa Clara County (Calif.) District Attorney’s Office announced in a press release Thursday that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence and three other charges stemming from a February arrest.
The district attorney’s office said the incident in question involved Foster’s live-in girlfriend, who told police that Foster punched her in the head eight to 10 times, dragged her by her hair and physically threw her out of Foster’s home in Los Gatos, Calif. on Feb. 11.
The 28-year-old woman flagged down a stranger’s car to call police and was left “bruised and with a ruptured ear drum,” according to the press release.
“Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners,” deputy district attorney 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.”
The district attorney’s office also said the officers who responded at Foster’s home found a Sig Sauer 516 assault rifle and large-capacity magazine, which are both illegal to possess in the state.
As a result, the 2017 first-round draft pick has also been charged with felony counts of forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon, as well as misdemeanor possession of a large capacity weapon magazine, according to the release.
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster,” the team said in a statement. “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.”
Foster, who turned 24 earlier this month, was scheduled to be arraigned in a San Jose court Thursday afternoon. He faces more than 11 years in prison if convicted, according to the district attorney’s office.
“We continue to monitor all developments in this matter, which is under review of the personal conduct policy,” NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy told USA TODAY Sports in a statement.
Foster made 10 starts for the 49ers last year, recording 72 tackles in his rookie season. He slipped to No. 31 overall in the NFL draft after being sent home from the scouting combine for arguing with a hospital worker, then later revealing that he had failed a drug test because he provided a diluted urine sample.
Foster was also arrested in Alabama earlier this offseason on suspicion of marijuana possession.