NFL players spent half of last season and most of this season disrespecting our flag, as a way to bring attention to the alleged use of unnecessary force by law enforcement against blacks. When will NFL players take a knee for all of the victims of domestic abuse at their own hands or the hands of their teammates? 

Reuben Foster, the 49ers’ inside linebacker, was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon, police said.

This is Foster’s second arrest within a month. He was taken into custody on Jan. 12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for second-degree marijuana possession, meaning it’s for personal use, a Class A misdemeanor in the state.

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The San Jose Mercury News reported that the accuser was a woman who was in a long-term relationship with Foster and that investigating officers found what looked like an assault rifle inside the home.

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In 2017, he failed a drug test at the NFL combine for submitting a diluted urine sample. He was kicked out of the NFL combine in early March after an altercation with a hospital employee.

MMQB.com reported a team with a top-15 pick didn’t have Foster on its draft board because of his “immaturity” and “issues with life skills,” and that was before his failed drug test and altercation at the combine.

“I would anticipate people may be questioning some of his character, but I would tell you his character’s what drew us to him,” General Manager John Lynch said after the 49ers selected Foster in the first round on April 27. “When you start talking football with this young man, he lights up a room, and he’s a good kid. I believe in the kid, and I think it’s going to be — he’s going to be a great player for this organization for a long time.”

Foster is not the only athlete on the team to have faced domestic violence charges in the past year. In April, Santa Clara County prosecutors filed felony domestic violence charges against former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock. He was accused of trying to strangle his girlfriend multiple times, once when she was holding their 1-year-old child. – SF Chronicle


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