The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged Thursday with felony domestic violence following a February arrest for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
"Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners," prosecutor 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."
Thursday's release states a 28-year-old woman told police Foster "dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times." She suffered bruises and a ruptured ear drum as a result of the incident.
The full list of charges against Foster includes felony counts of domestic violence with an allegation he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime and possession of an assault weapon as well as a misdemeanor count of possession of a large-capacity weapon magazine.
He could receive more than 11 years in prison if convicted, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.
“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster," the team said in a statement, via Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk. "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.”