A member of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested Saturday night in Tampa and charged with domestic violence.
Reuben Foster, a 24-year-old linebacker out of Alabama, was taken into custody just after 9 p.m. at the team hotel, the Grand Hyatt Hotel on 2900 Bayport Drive.
The 49ers played the Buccaneers Sunday at 1 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The team announced Sunday morning that it would be releasing Foster.
According to the arrest report, Foster and a 28-year-old woman were involved in a verbal altercation.
The alleged victim, who was Foster’s former girlfriend, stated that during the altercation Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face.
Officers allegedly observed a one inch scratch on the woman’s left collar bone.
During the investigation officers learned that Foster and the victim lived together in the past and they were involved in an on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years.
Foster was charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. Foster was given a $2,000 bond and no contact order with his ex-girlfriend.
The 49ers’ 1st-round draft pick last year, Foster was charged with domestic violence after an arrest last year and was suspended for two games earlier this season due to those charges.
Domestic violence is classified as any violentaction that is committed against a family or household member.Family or household members can include:
- Spouses or former spouses
- Parents, children, stepchildren, and other family members
- Those who share or formerly shared a common dwelling
- Those who have a child together
- Those who share a blood relationship through a child
- Those who have dated
Being charged with domestic violence can have a devastating impact on your future. A conviction may lead to serious criminal penalties, and cause harm to your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with domestic violence in Tampa Bay, our Hillsborough County Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can help. Call us today at 813-221-3200 or contact us online to discuss the specifics of your case.