Alleged victim in Reuben Foster case could be planning to refuse to cooperate

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Most domestic violence cases ultimately hinge on the willingness of the alleged victim to cooperate. In the case involving 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, some are speculating that the alleged victim will not be cooperating.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports that the alleged victim in Foster’s case has hired a lawyer. The lawyer, Stephanie Rickard, has confirmed her role, but she declined to say why the alleged victim, Foster’s former girlfriend, has retained counsel.

As Barrows explains it, some victims in domestic violence cases hire lawyers in order to explore and to understand their rights, if they want to not testify or not cooperate with the authorities.

If the alleged victim won’t cooperate, it becomes much more difficult to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in criminal court, especially if the only witnesses to the incident were the two people involved in it. If the alleged victim in this case refuses to cooperate with the NFL, it becomes virtually impossible to find the player to be in violation of the Personal Conduct Policy.

In Ezekiel Elliott‘s case, the alleged victim submitted to multiple interviews with the league, making it easier for the league to harvest evidence that supported his suspension. If the alleged victim in Foster’s case refuses to speak to the NFL, the NFL will be required to find other evidence of wrongdoing.

It all means that, regardless of guilt or innocence, Foster could end up avoiding both a conviction and a suspension for domestic violence. (He separately faces a felony charge of possessing an illegal assault rifle.) Which could explain why the 49ers have opted not to make any quick decisions about the situation. In the end, there may be nothing that keeps Foster from continuing his NFL career.

48 responses to “Alleged victim in Reuben Foster case could be planning to refuse to cooperate

  1. He’s getting suspended whether she testifies or not. He’s a repeated offender with a track record of abuse. If she testifies however his career is probably over.

  2. The State will prosecute if Assault 1. The State can choose either way if assault 2. The State won’t prosecute assault 3 cases all are usually plead down and down from asault 3 is diversion etc.

    Based on injuries, photos, doctor reports and if choaked, the Statè should prosecute. Those who choak have an immense probability of doing it again. That is why most states upgraded the charges involving choaking.

    But the fear and cost of losing (numbers count in any agency) will win out. Sad but true. She should go far away with her new money.

  3. If you mean by evidence in the Ezkiel Elliott case, the victim’s personal testimony, then that is weak. There are ALWAYS two sides to a story and all sides need to be heard and PROVEN!

  4. Wait a minute. You wrote, “If the alleged victim in Foster’s case refuses to speak to the NFL, the NFL will be required to find other evidence of wrongdoing.”

    Isn’t it equally true the NFL could find evidence of “innocence?”

    Not defending Foster. Just defending due process/fairness.

  5. If that lady made such a false accusation then the needs to go straight to jail, do not pass go. If she is telling the truth, he needs to go straight to jail, do not pass go.

  6. The only reason that I can think of as to why she would not cooperate but still hire a lawyer would be a financial payoff. Or am I being terribly cynical here? I would hate to think that if he is guilty of this, that he gets off with it for this reason.

  7. If I were the prosecutor I’d STILL throw the book at him, as much as I could.
    Yet another example of how entitled athletes get away with…amazingly…the same thing that Hollywood celebs get away with.
    Roger Goodell should STILL suspend this clown…why? Simple…he WILL abuse again and when he does the media will cry about how the NFL isn’t “doing enough” to protect women from these professional athletic abusers. Then the blame is somehow laid at the feet of the NFL instead of the player who beat women.
    Meanwhile the NFLPA and the media clap in approval of this methodology.

  8. No shocker here. The victims always refuse to cooperate and either get paid off or don’t want to lose their meal ticket. It could also mean anything else like it wasn’t as bad as they say or whatever else. That’s why I will reserve judgment for later until I know all the facts unlike most people.
    Definitely explains why the Niners haven’t done anything so far.

  9. Yeah, I read about this. Reuben and his girlfriend have been together for a while. Most likely, the charges will end up being dropped but he will still end up getting a 6 game suspension from the NFL. My bet is the Niners will say “we are going to get him help, he is going to have to prove himself, yadda yadda” and he will be on the field for the 7th game of the season.

  10. When the investigation demonstrates he was violent toward this woman, I wonder if the due process truth seekers above will finally then condemn this guy.

  11. sportstalkfan says:
    April 21, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Wait a minute. You wrote, “If the alleged victim in Foster’s case refuses to speak to the NFL, the NFL will be required to find other evidence of wrongdoing.”
    Isn’t it equally true the NFL could find evidence of “innocence?”
    Not defending Foster. Just defending due process/fairness.
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    What on Earth do due process/fairness have to do with an NFL investigation?
    The process involved in an NFL investigation is that of determining the preferred conclusion then working backwards to justify it.

  12. None of this matters, because according to the federal courts ruling on the Inflate gate and Ezekiel Elliott case, the labor agreement gives the league “broad powers” to discipline players. That means regardless of whether there is evidence or not, the league can simply suspend whichever player it wants for whatever amount of time the league wants.

  13. The bottom line is that the team has to be prepared for the worst, and assume that there is a chance they need to fill the roster spot with another linebacker, unless the whole case is cleared up before the draft, which is extremely unlikely. The ex-girlfriend may be hiring a lawyer to pursue a civil case as well. Or may be she will settle the case out of court, get paid, and then refuse to testify in the criminal case. Who knows?

  14. My guess, something probably did happen. Then in anger the victim over embellished ( i.e pushed out of the house turned into a report of being punched 8-10 times in the face, etc). They may both be facing charges if this moves forward so the victim is choosing to stay quiet now and probably walk away with some $$$.

  15. She saw how the news media lined up to pay big bucks funded by George Soros and those California billionnaires to have as many as possible porn star$ tell real or fake dirt on how Trump catted around when he was a younger hornier guy.
    Big Money always excite these type of women.

  16. truths4all says:
    April 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm
    She saw how the news media lined up to pay big bucks funded by George Soros and those California billionnaires to have as many as possible porn star$ tell real or fake dirt on how Trump catted around when he was a younger hornier guy.
    Big Money always excite these type of women.
    ————————————————–
    Please! Go buy some TP from the Koch Brothers and be silent my child.

  17. If his girlfriend now refuses to testify against him, then tell her not to bother calling the police the next time he decides to knock her around a bit. Because they won’t be wasting their time by coming to her aid.

  18. Fact is that everyone that wants the 49ers to kick Reuben to the curb just wants to see the team crumble.
    How bout we let this play out and go from there.
    Good job Lynch, Shanahan, and the little punk Jed.

  19. The Greg Hardy case proves that an interview by the NFL with the victim is not necessary. Hardy’s suspension was reduced to 4 games, but the victim was never interviewed either. So, Foster will be suspended regardless.

  20. Well, I see ignorant America is, once again, dropping their ignorant opinions. Maybe instead of listening to the incompetent and lazy press and their one-side, ignorant framing of IPV you could find out the ins-and-outs of domestic violence. The bottom-line is (according to the CDC) 70% of all IPV relationships are MUTUALLY COMBATIVE.

    That’s right, abusers flock together and it’s not a ‘man on woman’ problem but a ‘jerk on jerk’ problem. The fact is that she may very well be hiring a lawyer because she’s also guilty and if she testifies, she’ll incriminate herself and be up on charges, too.

    This whole fallacy of IPV really needs to get out of the feminist-influenced sphere of ‘poor innocent women, bad men’ and into the reality that BOTH SEXES have their share of jerks. And, as I said, these kind of jerks flock together.

  21. He will still face some sort of suspension regardless of what happens, however there’s really no reason for Lynch and the 49ers to make a statement and cut him.

    If they cut him, another team will just pick him up and take advantage of his talent. There’s really no reason to try and play the moral high ground as a team.

  22. When you think about it, it’s probably the best form of ‘justice’ for her, for his apparent actions. Think about it, if she testifies, he goes to jail and she gets nothing and his career and life are ruined. She takes the money, doesn’t cooperate and has a nice bundle of cash to help her move on with her life. Plus Reuben’s chances of jail time are greatly diminished, although the DA could possibly still go forward with evidence they have: photos, doctor reports, eyewitness testimony from the car driver she flagged down, 911 recordings, etc. He might be able to plead to a lesser charge that avoids jail if they can work out a deal as well. He gets a 6 to 8 game suspension and is back on the field before the end of the season or worst case a one season suspension. He stays clean and everyone lives happily ever after and the best justice is served from the GF’s perspective.

    Of course the downside is he to some degree gets away with it and could do it again because the punishment wasn’t severe enough this time. He also loses a healthy chunk of change.

  23. He still should get a 6 game suspension no matter the outcome based on the precedent set with Ezekiel Elliott.

  24. The problem is there is witness account of the alleged victim flagging witness down asking witness to call 911, that she was physically assaulted and thrown out of the apartment. There is the hospital visit and subsequent findings of bruises and a damaged ear drum, officers interview of the alleged victim, an illegal assault weapon found, a marijuana possession charge in Alabama.

    He ain’t skating, not with that ammunition even if she refuses to cooperate..

  25. It’s often the case that women who have been abused don’t do anything about it. Some bc of fear but most because they are good people and actually don’t want to ruin someone’s life even if they deserve it. They are most often abused emotionally and verbally first and broken inside and believe that if they just didn’t do this or that it wouldn’t have happened. It’s so covert that they have no idea they have even been destroyed. They aren’t who they used to be. They often go back w what seems like sincere apologies and even after leaving it takes years to fully recover. It’s not the punch burn threat slams that is what lasts inside forever. Yes she may get money but he gets to be free and not go to jail. Sadly though it means he will just do it again and again. Abusers lie very well. Manipulate extremely well. They never have remorse. They don’t know how to love anyone…not even themselves. He’s got a real prob and if this is the third time it won’t be the last.

  26. Man this guy just doesn’t get it isn’t this like 3 felonies this yr? Can’t root for a pos that hits females put this trash in jail.

  27. seanpscott says:
    April 21, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    No shocker here. The victims always refuse to cooperate and either get paid off or don’t want to lose their meal ticket. It could also mean anything else like it wasn’t as bad as they say or whatever else. That’s why I will reserve judgment for later until I know all the facts unlike most people.
    Definitely explains why the Niners haven’t done anything so far.
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    The 49ers haven’t done anything because of talent/investment, not guilt/innocence. If this guy was undrafted they would have cut him immediately. He happens to be a first round pick with potential talent and a paid signing bonus so he will stay on the team as long as possible barring incontrovertible evidence and/or a criminal conviction.

  28. This is a business decision, made by the victim. Nothing more.
    Sad, but that’s what it is. Money talks. If he has no money, he goes to jail.

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