John Lynch: If Reuben Foster did hit woman, he won’t be on 49ers

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After linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with three felonies resulting from a February arrest related to an alleged domestic violence incident, the 49ers released a statement saying that his spot on the team is under “great scrutiny.”

They subsquently announced that Foster will not participate in team activities while he is dealing with legal matters and General Manager John Lynch addressed Foster’s status again on Monday. Lynch said Foster could rejoin the team if circumstances change, but also vowed to end Foster’s time with the team if the charges are proven.

“The gravity of these charges has not been lost on us,” Lynch said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. “We take it extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now. We’re gonna learn things through this legal process. I do want to be abundantly clear that if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he will not be part of this organization going forward.”

Given how long legal proceedings of this type can take, it may be quite a while before the 49ers have the level of proof they would need to follow through on Lynch’s vow. It’s also unclear what circumstances might allow for Foster to return to the team pending the final resolution of the matter, but the G.M. did say that the team has to prepare for their football future as if one of last year’s first-round picks won’t be around.

85 responses to “John Lynch: If Reuben Foster did hit woman, he won’t be on 49ers

  1. Then be clear that it can either be through the legal process – which unfortunately often ends up with the victim not testifying and therefore no charges being filed or proved – or through the NFL’s internal investigation process. This is clearly a preponderance of evidence call when it comes to DV. Like it is with sexual harassment in the business world. The accusation should at a minimum require “administrative leave”.

    The team and the league cannot afford the optics of allowing an abuser to stay on the field. Don’t care how good he is.

  2. Everyone knows he did it. Everyone knows his lawyer will pay her off to not cooperate. Lynch is disgusting, just like the Raiders organization. Clark Hunt would have already cut Foster and cut the teams losses. These losers need to be banished, and show an example to kids that this type of behavior will not be condoned

  3. I think it’s funny how many people are trying to say John Lynch’s being a big stand-up guy here. Reuben Foster should have been let go already and if Lynch was really the DV guy he says he is that would have happened already.

    I have a better idea John Let’s draw this out and let it become news for the next year or so surrounding your team.

  4. He is off the team if the State can prove the charges after the witness has been paid and refuses to cooperate. If they can find him guilty after that, and they prove he “hit her” then and on then is he off the team, next season.

  5. “We’re going to wait until Reuben opens up his wallet enough to get away with this, legally. Assuming he has enough credit and that there is no video/overwhelming evidence that proves this beyond the already incriminating evidence, he’ll be back on the practice field in no time.”

  6. That means if he is acquitted of the charges for domestic violence, the weapon possession charge alone will not result in him being booted from the team.

  7. I wish people would stop acting like her word is solid gold women lie just like men lie. How you going to convict someone and you don’t know anything but what the media put out that’s crazy.

  8. I’m sure they’ll find some loophole around that statement to allow him to stay on the team. Maybe someone will pay off the victim like Greg Hardy did. I’ve already heard rumors she’s refusing to cooperate with police so the charges will probably end up being dropped.

  9. jackedupboonie says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm
    Oh Clara, I’m guessing Arizona even ends up with a better record. The media hype isn’t enough to make a bad team good.
    ———
    Still in denial that Seattle is the doormat of the NFC west now like it was in the AFC? The good news is that all you Seattle bandwagoner fans can jump ship just like you did when Seattle became relevant for a few years.

  10. I got news for ya, Mr. Lynch, he hit her! Thats why he was arrested and charged with 3 felonies. However, it is highly doubtful that he will be found guilty of the charges for which he was arrested. It does not benefit her to take away his livelihood, so she will drop the charges opting for a civil reward. Thus, Foster will be back with the 49ers while the GM can claim they were serious. Yea, right…

  11. Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    He could, however, be a Cincinnati Bengal.

    ______________________

    Because of the long history of Bengals players accused of domestic abuse?? Name just one please.

  12. niners816 says:
    April 23, 2018 at 4:24 pm
    jackedupboonie says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm
    Oh Clara, I’m guessing Arizona even ends up with a better record. The media hype isn’t enough to make a bad team good.
    ———
    Still in denial that Seattle is the doormat of the NFC west now like it was in the AFC? The good news is that all you Seattle bandwagoner fans can jump ship just like you did when Seattle became relevant for a few years.

    ————

    I have to agree with this guy….. The only reason the Seahawks might win 6 games is because of Wilson. If he gets injured, they won’t win a game

  13. Ha ha, “IF”. If Lynch were GM of the Seahawks, Trevon Boykin would still be on the team.

    Cut Ruben Foster yesterday.

  14. What if Foster is cut, the Raiders or Cowboys will sign him. Some teams do anything to get to the Superbowl. Don’t count out the Rams as possible suitor.

  15. Let’s see how long Lynch keeps his word for. Not just for Foster but future signings as well. If he does keep a domestic abuse free zone then kudos. That’s how all teams should be.

  16. Erik Gainer says:
    April 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    He could, however, be a Cincinnati Bengal.

    ______________________

    Because of the long history of Bengals players accused of domestic abuse?? Name just one please.

    >>>

    UMMMM Joe Mixon – where you have been??? Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, James Harrison, Chris Henry

  17. Difference between Reuben Foster and Ray Rice is that Reuben doesn’t have a pesky video to nail him. John Lynch’s words are great but let’s see if he implements them. Foster probably should already have packed his bags as a 49er, but without a video of his actions, he’ll probably get away with it (and because Lynch selected him in the 1st round of the Draft).

  18. I wonder if the league should award compensatory draft picks to teams who cut players due to violations of league rules? Certainly would lead to quicker more decisive action by teams and the player that did the deed would suffer the consequences much quicker.

  19. Get real!!!! She didn’t get the bruises to her face by falling….and how about the illegal gun issue.
    It’s nothing more than a ‘wait it out’ line. She won’t cooperate because he’s gonna pay her $2.5 mil

  20. For every player in the NFL, there is about 100 that could replace them in minutes.

    These guys that abuse persons should be gone.

    Enough.

  21. In no way do I endorse domestic violence, or lying about it, that is what the criminal justice system is for, but I’ll tell you, if there was a football league that allowed felons, weed smokers, steroid users, and even pukes like Kaepernick, with old school rules that isn’t like watching football after OSHA takes over, I would definitely watch.

  22. If this was a 5th rounder, it wouldn’t even be a discussion. They would have severed ties with him immediately.

    Punch a woman in the head 10 times, choke her, drag her by her hair, and force her to flee for her life waving down strangers in traffic to rescue her? “Meh, let’s see how this plays out, maybe we can still find a way to keep him on our roster. Maybe the case will fall through on a count of legal technicalities, witness intimidation / payoff, or some other loop hole that so frequently tanks these domestic violence cases which we claim to abhor, leaving us with a false sense of moral justification to retain our 1st rd pick on the roster.”

    They are masquerading “due process” as a desperate hope for a cop-out. This guy had red flags from the start, they took a chance on him anyway, and now they’re doubling down in hopes they can avoid being forced to admit their mistake. It’s really that simple.

  23. Still in denial that Seattle is the doormat of the NFC west now like it was in the AFC?
    ——–

    To be the doormat you actually have to lose more games than the other teams.

    Seattle 9-7
    San Francisco 6-10

    You start talking about how you know the future and you’ll prove just how new you are around here. Stick with the facts.

    Here’s a fun fact: The Seahawks have dominated the NFC West since joining it 17 years ago. Why you hate them is pretty easy to understand.

  24. Jerrah believe this is a good decision on John Lynch’s part. He also wants to know if Foster has leadership skills.

  25. Yesterday it is reported that the victim may not cooperate making a conviction very unlikely. Now two months later John Lynch suddenly makes these comments. He probably helped pay off the victim.

  26. Their making out Lynch to be some great GM truth is they didn’t win anything until they got Garoppolo who everybody knew was a decent qb andand he lucked out getting him.

  27. You all need to quit drooling and work on basic reading comprehension.
    Foster has to be found guilty in a court of law . That is what “proven true ” means. The “victim ” is not cooperating and is not testifying. Four game suspension and back playing . Women have been known to rough themselves up and then call the cops and when we are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars ,it is highly possible.

  28. Before you continue praising Lynch for his words about how character matters, I suggest you read the May 1 2017 article by CBS Sports Will Brinson titled “49ers did not know Bears were taking Trubisky, planned on drafting Foster at #3”. Google it. If Lynch cares about character so much Foster would have been off his board last year like so many other teams (which is why Foster fell to the bottom of the first round), yet if the Bears had taken Thomas the 49ers would have drafted Foster third overall.

  29. Let’s be real guys, if Lynch were going to cut Reuben he would have done so already.
    I believe he believes Reuben is innocent, therefore he made the statement to please the masses.

  30. INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY! LIKE THE FACT THAT HE IS ALLOWING DUE PROCESS! AN IMPORTANT AMERICAN RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. Seattle had a down year, ONE. Y’all are nuts if you think 9-7 is a doormat when that’s the 6-year low.

    Yeah they booted a lot of guys, but they kept Wagner and Thomas on D, they are the keys.

    You’d think fans of a once-great team would have more understanding of what a winning team actually looks like. Yet here they are beating their chests over a meaningless 5-game win streak which still leaves them picking NINTH this weekend. Oh and the guy that seemed destined to lead the rebirth of the once-feared defense, probably won’t ever play in the NFL again. Yeah, sunny days ahead 😂

  32. Lynch might as well stop dancing and just admit it’s unlikely that Foster ever suits up for the 49ers again (all this other talk of Foster’s NFL career being over if he’s found guilty is premature and presumptuous to say the least given his talent level and young age). The severity and scope of the charges against him can possibly still be argued at this stage, but really, it’s highly unlikely his case would have gotten this far down the road in the legal system if he had literally never touched this woman.

  33. jjfootball says:
    April 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    Their making out Lynch to be some great GM truth is they didn’t win anything until they got Garoppolo who everybody knew was a decent qb andand he lucked out getting him.

    ///////////////////////////////////

    Same thing can be said about Belichick. He didn’t win anything until he got Brady, and now he is the goat of GMs.

  34. flyphillyfly34 says:
    April 24, 2018 at 8:03 am
    jjfootball says:
    April 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    Their making out Lynch to be some great GM truth is they didn’t win anything until they got Garoppolo who everybody knew was a decent qb andand he lucked out getting him.

    ///////////////////////////////////

    Same thing can be said about Belichick. He didn’t win anything until he got Brady, and now he is the goat of GMs.

    —————-

    so you are saying that one player is all it takes to create sustained excellence and success? Don Shula had Dan Marino…..and won jack…

  35. zibet says:
    April 23, 2018 at 4:53 pm
    Erik Gainer says:
    April 23, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Michael LaRocca, Business Editor says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm
    He could, however, be a Cincinnati Bengal.

    ______________________

    Because of the long history of Bengals players accused of domestic abuse?? Name just one please.

    >>>

    UMMMM Joe Mixon – where you have been??? Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, James Harrison, Chris Henry

    _______________________________

    Ummmm, first of all….Dillon and Johnson didn’t have any of those issues before or during their time with the Bengals. Matter fact, both played with the Patriots after the Bengals as well as Harrison….so do you want to say the Patriots support domestic abuse?? Chris Henry had issues, but the only time there was a domestic issue he died and I am pretty sure he wasn’t even on the team anyway. Mixon is the only one I can kind of see. No excuse for what he did, but that again was several years before the Bengals and he paid a hefty price and was punished. If he does something like that again I assure you they will cut him, but I’m not goin g to condemn an 18 or 19 year old for one extremely stupid 2 second period in his life.

  36. I’m sure the prosecutors have pictures of the injuries this woman sustained. If they show any bruises then there is no way the 49ers can keep him, even if the victim refuses to cooperate. He gone

  37. Because of the long history of Bengals players accused of domestic abuse?? Name just one please.

    >>>

    UMMMM Joe Mixon – where you have been??? Corey Dillon, Chad Johnson, James Harrison, Chris Henry
    ****************************

    C’mon man, he said to name just one…

  38. There is a lot of presumption of guilt. Lynch’s response is perfect because he recognizes the gravity of the accusation without presuming guilt. Foster might no be guilty so some of the vitriol should be reserved until this plays out. Sometimes women lie. There are crazy dangerous women out there, ask Brian Banks. Reserve judgment people

  39. Everybody saluting Lynch for his stance on Foster. Well, couldn’t he have seen this coming? Foster was dropping like crazy in the draft, for reasons related to this kind of thing. I don’t think Lynch looks smart or on top of things. Wasn’t he in the driver’s seat when this pick was made? A pick that makes the organization look bad and probably ultimately was a first round waste. Yes, I’m glad this is his stance, but really, he couldn’t have seen this coming?

  40. First, there is no due process requirement in a private contract setting — that is dictated by the CBA, and the Niners can release him whenever they want.

    Second, if Foster cuts a plea deal or pays the woman off without admitting guilt (any defense attorney with half a brain will advise Foster to clam up), what will Lynch do without an on the record admission?

    Third, did this woman sustain these injuries by banging her head against the wall? It’s not like this guy has an angelic history. They had no problem releasing Brock last year before a criminal verdict (the case was actually dismissed). Everyone is giving Lynch kudos for applying a standard he has yet to consistently apply.

  41. nhpats says:

    In other news Jerry Jones only wants Foster if he did indeed hit a woman
    ****************************************************************************
    I can’t believe you would make a disgusting comment like that, why not worry about your sorry defense who got lit up like a Christmas tree in the Super Bowl & that will continue during this upcoming season.

  42. Iknowitall says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    Everyone knows he did it. Everyone knows his lawyer will pay her off to not cooperate. Lynch is disgusting, just like the Raiders organization. Clark Hunt would have already cut Foster and cut the teams losses. These losers need to be banished, and show an example to kids that this type of behavior will not be condoned

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    You mean a Raiders organization that has a 0 tolerance policy for domestic abuse? But you must be OK with Mr Hunt signing off on a guy that kicked, punched and choked his pregnant girlfriend right? What’s that saying about rocks and glass houses?

  43. They can’t fire him over allegations, whether they seem true or not.

    But Elliot can be suspended over allegations, whether they were proven or not.

    And other players have been released, when people of the same name have a warrant out for their arrest and they weren’t even in the same state… (Lucky Whitehead)

    Call it what it is: “This player is facing a team suspension until we know more.” Legally, they can’t fire every player that faces allegations without some backlash. This is their way of avoiding costly legal fees during this time. They likely want this guy off their roster today just for the distraction he’s caused.

  44. thegreatjimbrown says:
    April 24, 2018 at 11:37 am
    Everybody saluting Lynch for his stance on Foster. Well, couldn’t he have seen this coming? Foster was dropping like crazy in the draft, for reasons related to this kind of thing.

    ——

    Fascinating. On draft day we were told it was because he’d recently had shoulder surgery and team doctors were cautious. Guess you had the real scoop!

  45. Roquan is who they should draft at 9 with or without Foster anyway. Worst case scenario you have a top LB still and plenty of ammo to build up the roster.

    Best case scenario(obviously no one would want to root for someone being abused) the front 7 has Roquan, Foster, Buckner as the three main center pieces.

    As for the main topic there have been so many conflicting reports about what happened. If I’m a betting man though he puts a ring on it and she refuses to testify.

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