John Lynch Issues Statement on 49ers LB Reuben Foster

Lynette Rowe
April 24, 2018

John Lynch on Monday acknowledged the 49ers were surprised by the severity of the charges filed against Reuben Foster earlier this month but remain optimistic their star linebacker won't be convicted of them.

If the allegations against Foster are true, Lynch said, the team's decision will be an easy one: "I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won't be part of our organization moving forward".

"I want to address that up front", Lynch began. I do have a couple of thoughts.

"As those situations arise and, hopefully, there won't be a lot them, we're going to treat each one of them as a unique and different situation", Lynch said a year ago, per The San Francisco Chronicle. "We're going to learn things through this legal process".

The 49ers announced a few days later that Foster would not take part in the offseason program while he deals with the legal matter.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, rear, arrives with his attorney, Joshua Bentley, right, for an arraignment hearing at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, April 12, 2018. And in this case, we don't feel we have that information. "We take it extremely seriously". Provided we have that opportunity, I would love nothing more than for that to be the case.

"Yeah, I think you have to (operate that way), because the situation's out there", Lynch said.

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Foster then was charged in January in Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession before the incident in February that led to the most recent charges.

Additionally, Foster could be facing discipline from the National Football League, which stipulates a six-game suspension for the first offense under its domestic violence policy. He also was asked about potential gray area concerning Foster's alleged assault. We'll sit back and wait for that to come.

"You can look at precedent on these things and garner a pretty good idea on that", Lynch said.

Foster has an April 30 court date to either make a plea or, more likely, seek to push that to a later date.

"It's just something I like to do", Garoppolo said.

With the actual Draft nearly upon us, fellow site expert, Isaac Gutierrez and I sat down for a little "roundtable" final mock draft for the 49ers, as well as for the Raiders. "I'm certainly not comfortable with what has transpired in the short history that he's been here. But we'll see where that goes".

Selected 31st in last year's draft, Foster was the 49ers second-leading tackler despite missing 7 of 16 games to injury.

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