John Lynch: Reuben Foster Not Getting Preferential Treatment Amid Assault Charge

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 28, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 31: Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers stands on the sideline prior to the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The 49ers defeated the Rams 34-13. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch is defending the team's handling of Reuben Foster after the linebacker was charged with domestic assault.

"Listen, I know there's a lot of conjecture as to, 'Well, of course (Tramaine) Brock wasn't the player that Reuben is,'" Lynch told reporters, via ESPN.com. "I would counter to say that he was a starting cornerback for us. And we didn't take that lightly."

Foster was arrested on Feb. 11 and charged with domestic violence and possession of an assault weapon.

The 49ers released Brock on Apr. 7, 2017, one day after he was arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident. 

Lynch did note the team met with Foster the day after his arrest to relay what they expect from their players away from the field, via Joe Fann of 49ers.com:

"The context, in a broad sense, is our expectations for him and our expectations for all of our players. We have a high standard that we expect. I think we made that very clear with him. We remain in communication but a lot of that is going to remain private because of the ongoing legal matters and protocols that are in place."

The Alabama product was also arrested on Jan. 12 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for possession of marijuana.

Foster was selected 31st overall by the 49ers in the 2017 NFL draft. The 23-year-old finished second on the team with 72 total tackles in 10 games.