49ers website silent about Reuben Foster arrest

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The website owned and operated by the NFL mentions it; the website owned and operated by the 49ers does not.

Linebacker Reuben Foster, a first-round pick the 49ers snatched at 31 due to multiple concerns that prompted the top-five talent to slide down the board, ended up behind bars on Sunday following an arrest for domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle. At the team’s official website and Twitter page, however, no reference is made to Foster’s second legal entanglement in less than a month (or to his first).

Check out the team’s website, where “Garoppolo” is currently so prevalent it’s hard not to wonder whether they’ve changed the franchise’s nickname. There’s nothing about Foster’s arrest, anywhere. Ditto for the Twitter page.

We’re not suggesting the 49ers should revel in the news that their faith in Foster may have been more than a little misplaced. But the arrest happened. It’s a fact. The team has issued a statement acknowledging it. To omit any reference to it from the team’s website underscores the fundamental problem with media owned and operated by a sports league or a sports team.

Leagues and teams can, and at times will, hide from view stories or other facts that are embarrassing or inconvenient. Given that the 49ers hope to parlay their $137.5 million investment in quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into immediate season-ticket sales (as evidenced by the pop-up ad that greets anyone who dials up the official website), the last thing the team needs to do is point out that another player has given credence to the red flags that most other teams noticed — and heeded — 10 months ago.

The dynamic invites skepticism as it relates to the rest of the content of any team-owned website. Are any of the articles, videos, and/or “exclusive” interviews with coaches and players an actual glimpse of what the team is all about, or merely an effort to restrict the snapshot only to that which they want the visitor to see?

Many have known the answer to that question for years. Today, the 49ers provide one of the most glaring examples of it.

14 responses to “49ers website silent about Reuben Foster arrest

  1. He was possibly a top 5 draft pick. But everyone knew he had issues both personal and physical which dropped him into the high risk/reward category.

  2. 49ers.com never puts this type of news on their site. The Brock and Aldom Smith issues were not addressed on there until they were cut.

  3. 3 arrests already this offseason!

    He is going to straight Rolando McClain

    He will be suspended for the whole year and if he keeps it up forever!

    Domestic Abuse

  4. They are not jumping to conclusions and gathering all the information they can like a responsible corporation.

    He’s Innocent until proven guilty like you or anybody else would want

    And let’s be honest here. Theirs a double standard in this country for celebrities and the best professional sports players unlike the average Joe walking down the street

    More then likely Foster will be giving at least one more chance.

  5. The 49ers can do whatever they like with their website/Twitter — just like you can with yours. There’s a diffeence between news and PR. If you don’t understand this, I can’t help you.

  6. “The website owned and operated by the NFL mentions it; the website owned and operated by the 49ers does not.”

    Thats because the 49rs are smarted than the league office.

  7. Yep, the team should acknowledge as the league has stated that DV will be cracked down on. The team should make clear that this behavior will not be tolerated–really it should violence against anyone. Not that hard to solve this –kick out of the game. One strike, no more allowing victim to accept settlement while the dude roams free to attack someone else.

  8. Beyond words! His football IQ is inversely proportional to personal IQ. Guys like Reuben Foster and Aldon Smith probably couldn’t spell the word “idiot”! Aldon Smith threw his hall of fame potential and tens of millions of dollars down the drain.

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