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49ers' Reuben Foster Arrested on Charge of Domestic Violence

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2018

San Francisco 49ers' Reuben Foster (56) plays his linebacker position against the Arizona Cardinals offense during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Darryl Webb)
Darryl Webb/Associated Press

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested Saturday on allegations of domestic violence in Tampa, Florida, the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch reported.

According to Branch, police took Foster into custody at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay at 9:10 p.m. ET and formally booked him at 11:11 p.m. ET.

The 49ers are staying in Tampa ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

The Athletic's Greg Auman shared Foster's mugshot:

Greg Auman @gregauman

Here is mugshot from 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, arrested in Tampa on Saturday night and held without bail on a misdemeanor count of domestic battery. 49ers play Bucs in 12 hours. https://t.co/MVBYbeOzG0

Foster served a two-game suspension earlier this season as the result of a misdemeanor weapons charge and a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession in separate incidents. He had pleaded no-contest to the former and saw the latter dropped by prosecutors.

Foster was also the subject of a domestic violence investigation earlier in the year.

The Santa Clara County, California, District Attorney's Office announced in April it had charged Foster with felony domestic violence, saying he struck his then-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, eight to 10 times, which left her with a ruptured eardrum.

Shortly after the charges were announced, 49ers general manager John Lynch released a statement to say the team was going to wait for the results of the investigation and subsequent trial before making a final decision on Foster.

"We do feel like patience is the right approach right now," Lynch said. "We're going to learn things through this legal process. But I want to be abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did hit this young lady, he won't be a part of this organization going forward."

Ennis ultimately testified that Foster hadn't hit her and the injuries she had were the result of a physical altercation with another woman. Ennis told the court the allegations were part of a "money scheme" and that she "wanted [Foster] to go down."

Because of Ennis' testimony, the judge in the case dropped the domestic violence charges against Foster in May.

Foster, a 2017 first-round draft pick, has appeared in six games this season.

Regarding his most recent arrest, Branch wrote 49ers officials "were unavailable for comment."

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