Prosecutors said Foster was charged with three felonies - domestic violence with an allegation that he inflected great bodily injury, forcefully preventing a victim from reporting a crime and illegal possession of an assault weapon.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office said the charges stem from a violent attack on his live-in girlfriend at the couple's Los Gatos home on February 11th.
Foster also has a case pending in Alabama for his misdemeanor marijuana possession arrest in January.
San Francisco released a statement Thursday acknowledging the charges against Foster. In light of that injunction, this Office intends to ask the Santa Clara County Superior Court to dismiss the misdemeanor charge at the next court date scheduled for April 30, 2018.
The 49ers drafted Foster 31st overall previous year after questions about his health and character caused him to drop from being a possible top 10 pick. The 49ers said in a statement that Foster's future with the team will be "determined by the information revealed during the legal process". The girlfriend also told authorities Foster "dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head eight to 10 times".
The San Francisco 49ers will start their offseason program on Monday, but linebacker Reuben Foster won't be there. And this time, they attributed the statement to Jed York, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan.
The Niners are set to begin their offseason program Monday along with all other National Football League teams that didn't hire new head coaches. And I predict Foster will go to prison.
"One of the things we try to teach our players here is that there are consequences for good and bad behavior, but we're going to remain supportive and try to help our players every way that we can". In a statement, the 49ers organizations said: "We will continue to follow this serious matter".
The injunction, issued last June by U.S. District Judge Roger T. Benitez, involves Proposition 63, a 2016 voter-approved initiative that outlawed ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, requires background checks for bullet purchases, criminalizes the failure to report lost or stolen guns, and strengthened avenues to remove guns from felons upon being convicted. Phase 2 covers three weeks as coaches are allowed onto the field with players, while team drills and helmets are allowed the final four weeks in Phase 3.