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Kyle Shanahan opens up about Reuben Foster’s ‘tough challenge’

Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

Reuben Foster remains away from the San Francisco 49ers during the team’s offseason workouts as his ongoing domestic violence case plays out in the legal system, but head coach Kyle Shanahan has been keeping in touch with his second-year linebacker.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday, Shanahan said he reaches out to Foster “about once or twice a week to see how he’s doing,” per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Shanahan also opened up about the entire situation, and how he believes Foster is handling it.

“He’s hanging in there,” Shanahan said. “Obviously, it’s a tough challenge. I think anyone would realize. It’s a very hard thing to go through. We’ll see how this ends up, but just always hope that every situation you’re in, in the long run, it can make you a better person and a better man. And I think Reuben is handling it right.”

The latest developments in this case are pretty crazy.

Last week, Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis testified that Foster never hit her and said her allegations against him were meant to harm his reputation. She also admitted she stole from him and said it was all a “money scheme.”

Foster is due back in court on Wednesday, May 23rd, when the presiding judge will announce whether the case against the 49ers linebacker will continue. He is currently facing three felony charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon.