49ers coach Kyle Shanahan hopes this is ‘rock bottom’ for Reuben Foster
San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan hopes that recently released linebacker Reuben Foster has learned his lesson. The 2017 first round pick was released by the team Sunday because of a domestic violence charge Saturday.
“I thought rock bottom was last time, and I thought it would be very simple that that would be his wakeup call,” Shanahan said via Charean Williams of NBCSports.
Foster has been arrested several times this year, and who can blame the Niners for giving up on him.
In January, he was arrested in Alabama for marijuana possession. He was then released after posting a $2,500 bond.
Less than a month after this incident, he was arrested in Los Gatos, California on suspicion of domestic violence and assault weapon possession charges.
Foster was arrested again last October in a separate domestic violence incident. But the team stated that they weren’t even aware of it.
A player’s off-field character is important in the NFL. It is even more important in life, but a professional athlete simply cannot continue skating by and ignore the issues in his life because of football.
The league is currently taking steps against players committing domestic violence. A domestic violence policy was put in effect following the Ray Rice incident.
Players who commit domestic violence for the first time will be suspended six games and a lifetime ban in case of a second incident.
Through two seasons with the team, Foster has not lived to his full potential. In 16 games with the 49ers, he recorded 101 tackles and two defended passes.