Second-year San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster just recently saw disturbing domestic violence charges against him dropped by a judge in Northern California.
That pretty much enabled Foster to keep his job with the 49ers, as the team made it clear a conviction would have ended the former first-round pick’s tenure with the team.
Despite that huge legal win, Foster was still facing marijuana charges in his native Alabama and gun charges stemming from the above-mentioned domestic violence incident in California.
Having seen the charges in Alabama dropped, Foster has now copped a plea on misdemeanor charges of possessing an assault rifle. In lieu of spending 30 days in jail, Foster will do 232 days of community service and find himself on probation for two years.
NEW: @49ers’ Reuben Foster pleads no contest to remaining misdemeanor assault rifle possession count. Will have to serve 232 hours of community service in lieu of 30-day work sentence. Two years probation, barred from possessing guns or ammo. Foster was not in court @mercnews
— Robert Salonga (@robertsalonga) June 6, 2018
This is probably the best-case scenario for both Foster and the 49ers. Certainly, the NFL will look into some sort of potential discipline for the former Alabama star. But without a conviction or plea in either of the other two cases, it’s going to be hard for the league to come down on him with a lengthy suspension.
Foster, 24, is coming off a rookie campaign with the 49ers that saw him record 72 tackles in 10 games. He’s considered one of the best young linebackers in the game and a potential future All-Pro performer.