With criminal cases over, Reuben Foster now braces for NFL suspension(s)

AP

By pleading no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge, 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has closed all of his pending criminal cases. Coupled with the recent resolution of a marijuana possession charge, Foster now faces multiple potential suspensions.

Under the substance-abuse policy, the placement of Foster in a diversion program likely will result in a suspension of at least one game. The fact that he possibly already was in the substance-abuse program (due to a positive test at the Scouting Combine in 2017) could enhance the penalty.

It’s unclear whether the misdemeanor weapons charge will trigger a suspension. Former 49ers pass rusher Aldon Smith once received a nine-game suspension, but he pleaded no contest to three felony weapons charges, and he had other issues.

The fact that Foster has had other issues — include the bizarre circumstances resulting in Foster being sent home from the Scouting Combine, which kept him from being invited to the draft — could as a practical matter prompt Commissioner Roger Goodell to send a stronger message.

While things would have been much worse for Foster if the domestic violence charges against him hadn’t been dismissed after the alleged victim recanted, Foster isn’t out of the woods, and he likely will be missing some time to start the 2018 season.

20 responses to “With criminal cases over, Reuben Foster now braces for NFL suspension(s)

  1. It’s paid Millions to play a game these players should be punished when they break the law by losing years of playing time

  2. Florio,

    “While things would have been much worse for Foster if the domestic violence charges against him hadn’t been dismissed after the alleged victim recanted”.

    The PD in Ohio found no wrong doing in Elliott’s case after a thorough investigation, but Elliott STILL got 6 games after his girlfriend was proven to have lied. Foster’s girlfriend very likely lied in court to save his backside AND Foster pleaded no contest on gun charges, not to mention the substance abuse program violation.

    If Foster doesn’t get at least 8 games, it proves Goodell was ABSOLUTELY on a witch hunt in the Elliott case. Foster has ABSOLUTELY affected the “integrity and reputation of the league with all of this ridiculous drama (Goodell has done the same with his ridiculous rulings, but I digress).

    Goodell needs to be consistent here, and give out punishment commensurate with earlier suspensions. With that said, I won’t hold my breath, since Mara has no beef with San Fran that I am aware of.

  3. I’d be embarrassed to stand in front of my parents and grandparents trying to explain this nonsense. Good thing my pops, grandfathers, uncles and cousins showed me how not to be a knucklehead. Athletic prowess shouldn’t allow stupidity to go unpunished. Suspend him. Take away his privilege to partake in a unique occupation and all the excess that comes with it. Maybe he’ll learn, if not, he’ll feel empowered to be dumb again.

  4. There is something wrong with the system when putting on a blindfold and throwing a dart will give you as good an indication of what this ‘commissioner’ will do. He could give him zero games, 1 game, 6 games…. and I’d be equally surprised. Not a healthy system.

  5. this turd better get some type of suspension, especially because Zeke got 6 games last year for something he wasn’t formally charged with.

  6. If Goodell had any integrity whatsoever he would need to get at least as many games as Elliott. But we all know Goodell has zero integrity so he will simply spin his “penalty wheel” and let it decide Foster’s fate.

  7. Pretty funny to have the fans of other teams, especially the Seahawks, praying for Foster to get a long suspension. Also pretty funny to read the narrative about how his accuser is lying now as opposed to lying originally when her story has been totally disproven by the evidence, supported by the fact that she’s been accused by the DA in another state for making similar false accusations.

    First I read that the Niners’ defense sucks. Now I read how you guys are afraid of Foster playing against you. Which one is it?

  8. I say it will be 2 to 4 games. 2 for the marijuana and 2 for the no contest to weapons. The domestic case should not be considered at all when they are making a ruling on how many games it will be.

  9. jigwig13 says:
    June 7, 2018 at 10:01 am

    The domestic case should not be considered at all when they are making a ruling on how many games it will be.
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    Of course it should.

  10. He is not Aldon Smith 2.0. That is not to say he will stay on the right side of the law….but Aldon Smith is an alcoholic. He is an addict. Foster has made mistakes but there is a huge difference between addiction and being dumb.

  11. nhpats says:
    June 7, 2018 at 9:11 am

    If Goodell had any integrity whatsoever…
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    He doesn’t.

  12. It is easy enough to think that because of Foster’s race, people still think he is guilty despite the lack of evidence. After all, some people still think the Central Park 5 is guilty. Years ago, when the evidence presented in court shows that William Kennedy Smith could not have been guilty of the accusation of rape, there were still people who were convinced that he was guilty even after he was acquitted.

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