San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence and possession of an “assault weapon.”
The San Francisco Chronicle quotes a press release from the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department which indicates that 23-year-old Foster “was arrested without incident in Los Gatos after police received a call around 9:15 a.m. about a disturbance.” He was released at approximately 6:35 p.m.
The Mercury News’ Robert Salonga reported Foster allegedly possessed an “assault rifle”:
— Robert Salonga (@robertsalonga) February 12, 2018
The Mercury News indicates that Foster is alleged to have assaulted his “longtime girlfriend.” They report that “that police found a single SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle” in the residence. (Related: Watch: Army Navy Game’s Beautiful National Anthem Rendition Puts Every Kneeling NFL Player To Shame)
The 49ers released a statement on Foster’s arrest:
Statement from #49ers on arrest of Reuben Foster: “The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the report regarding Reuben Foster. We take matters of this nature seriously and are gathering all pertinent information.”
— Eric Branch (@Eric_Branch) February 12, 2018
Foster was also arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on January 12 for marijuana possession. (Related: New Yorker Cover Has Kaepernick Kneeling Beside MLK)
Prior to both arrests, Foster drew attention to himself via participation in a national anthem protest. On October 22, 2017, the Sacramento Bee’s Matt Barrows reported that Foster was one of eight 49ers to kneel “during the national anthem”:
Reuben Foster among the eight #49ers who took a knee — hand on heart — during national anthem.
— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 22, 2017
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