NFL suspends Reuben Foster two games for gun, marijuana offenses

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The NFL has suspended 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster two games for his recent arrests on gun and marijuana charges.

The league announced the suspension today and said that the suspension falls under both the league’s personal conduct policy and substance abuse policy. Foster will participate in training camp and the preseason but miss the first two games of the regular season. He will return to the team on Monday, September 17.

“I accept the League’s decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team,” Foster said in a statement. “I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted.”

The 49ers initially banished Foster from offseason work when he was accused of domestic violence, but he was welcomed back to the team after his accuser testified under oath that she had lied.

“Our organization understands and supports the League’s decision,” General Manager John Lynch said. “Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well.”

A first-round draft pick last year, Foster started 10 games as a rookie.

65 responses to “NFL suspends Reuben Foster two games for gun, marijuana offenses

  1. He may have paid for the testimony, you and I will never know. But based on that testimony, he did not do it.

    I was proud that the 9ers said if he did it he would not be on the team.

    Surprised it was only 2 games with the diluted sample.

    Now if only the injury bug leaves him alone.

  2. The Rube takes two and everyone breathes a sigh of relief. 49er fans are gonna miss him on the field at Minny though.

  3. Wow and elliot got 6 games and was never convicted or admitted to any wrong doing!

  4. Found not guilty three times in United States court but the NFL still punishes him.

    Total abuse of power and disregard for our legal system. Innocent until PROVEN guilty.

  5. First of all for all you complaining about being only 2 games. 1- The gun was purchased legally in Alabama. It was just offense because its an illegal weapon in CA. as for Marijuana, really? in a few months, it will be decriminalized and pretty much legal at a federal level. Lets not forget that the charge was dropped as well.

  6. Alright, so let’s keep track here people:
    2 games for gun and drug offenses
    3 games for culpable evidence of sexual assault
    4 games for deflating footballs
    4 games for PED usage
    Obviously there are other examples, but let’s look at that list again and think: hm, which ones are more deserving of punishment? Getting an unfair advantage (usually athletes are taking PED’s to repair their broken bodies) seems more grievous than guns, drugs, and sexual assault.

  7. Thank you Mr. Lynch fro jumping ahead of the Saints and taking him so we could land one of the most solid RTs in the league.

  8. Seriously, the NFL needs to get their crap together. 2 games for a gun and weed??? 1 game for beating your wife (if you’re a kicker). 2 games, then the end of your career (if you’re a running back and they catch it on film). 4 games for a made up scheme about letting air out of footballs. If you smoke too much weed you get a few seasons off and have to beg to come back though. 3 games for sexually assaulting a Uber driver. Goodell must have gotten one of those big wheels from Pat Sajack so he can spin for punishment???

  9. SUSPEND THE ENTIRE TEAM….. under the conduct policy for not turning him in….. I mean they were on generally aware he had a gun & smokes pot!!!! Isn’t that the way this policy is suppose to work??????

  10. @redblood

    Oh Ok, thanks for clearing that up. He broke two different laws but one is in another state and the other will be legal eventually.

  11. Man i can’t stand the Patsies but Brady got 4 and this freakin criminal got 2 ???

  12. OK, I now see how suspensions work in the NFL. If you give them a real reason, like guns and drugs you get 2 games. If the NFL has to make up a reason it bugs them that there is extra work involved so you will get anywhere from 4 to 10 games.

  13. Just so I make sure I understand all this. You can literally have your career taken away if you smoke weed too many times but you can beat your wife, defraud NFL customers by selling them fake memorabilia, sexually assault a woman, be in possession of an illegal firearm and accidentally shoot yourself while drunk in a parking lot and you get a grand total of 6 games?! WTF

  14. So glad the Lions passed on this guy and took Jarrad Davis. Davis is the better player and the better man.

  15. The guy gets 2 games with stupid behavior. I imagine we’ll be seeing him again, as idiocy doesn’t understand the great job he has going for him.

  16. RedBlooded says:
    July 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm
    1- The gun was purchased legally in Alabama. It was just offense because its an illegal weapon in CA.
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    Yeah, well that’s a problem.
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    Marijuana, really? in a few months, it will be decriminalized
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    It doesn’t matter. It’s against NFL rules whether it’s legal or not.
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    You sure are reaching for reasons to excuse his behavior.

  17. So glad Arizona passed on this guy taking SLB Hasson Reddick at 13th overall. Given his injuries and off the field incidents after what happend at the combine along with these latest charges, now we know why the Lions passed as well and Foster almost to fell round 2 falling to 32nd overall.

  18. 700levelvet says:
    July 3, 2018 at 3:17 pm
    John Lynch is a joke…
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    Clearly, you aren’t paying attention and just spewing nonsensical comments.
    He’s very talented and good at what he does and to be doing this with no prior GM experience just shows how good he is.
    Wake up knucklehead.

  19. The Brady comparisons need to end. There is no doubt in any reasonable mind that after it was confirmed that the way they found out about the allegedly deflated balls was a lie confirmed by the guy who intercepted that very ball. NE & Brady got royally screwed b/c Brady told Harbaugh to read a rule book. It really is that simple. Get past it. You ain’t getting those picks back. 2 Super Bowls later I’m good with Karma.

    When we see how certain teams can do in plain view the very thing that gets another guy suspended it confirms beyond reasonable doubt that NFL discipline is beyond random and reeks of season fixing.

  20. mrboado says: “let’s look at that list again and think: hm, which ones are more deserving of punishment? Getting an unfair advantage (usually athletes are taking PED’s to repair their broken bodies) seems more grievous than guns, drugs, and sexual assault.”
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    PEDs and drugs are negotiated set punishments with the NFLPA. Goodell can’t change the length of any of those suspensions.

  21. “Zeke got six games and this savage only got 2…..makes no sense.”

    Elliott’s accuser cooperated with the NFL and never wavered in her accusations againat him

    Foster is being suspended for smoking a joint and failing to properly register guns in California which had legally been purchased in Alabama.

  22. Wow, so many babies whining about the length of suspensions.

    How about not do anything stupid to be subject to a suspension in the first place?!? Yet we have more people complaining about Goodell than the actual offender.

    Typical millenials who don’t even realize the junk players USED to get away with under previous commissioners like Tagliabue and Rozelle. Example: HOF Warren Moon’s son called 911 as he physically abused his wife, yet never got a suspension or a fine. Goodell at least is trying to clean up player’s behavior.

  23. What a joke …it appears that Goodell is back to applying
    The “ Ray Rice “ standard of suspensions.
    What about the domestic violence?
    The NFL will claim his girlfriend would not cooperate.
    but what about interviewing witnesses, looking at
    medical records? The NFL and it’s “ new “ ( remember
    the old investigator “resigned “after her first hand
    review and findings that Elliots victim was a liar)
    investigator could still investigate Foster. This is
    pure crap.
    investigator could make an effort.

  24. Mike, I’m confused how Zeke gets 6 games but several of these recent domestic cases have been nothing compared to that. The charges here were so serious that he was face jail time. Zeke gets a year plus investigation while this is wrapped up quickly? I don’t understand what is going on here and what these suspensions are based off of. Can you please investigate this and write an article on all this? Something bigger is going on here and Roger is held accountable to nobody.

  25. Looks like the Niners still have some Baalke Bartokomous to flush out of their system.

  26. Weed legal in California but busted elsewhere. Gun legal most other states but busted in California. I would argue that he should not be suspended until Feds and States get there $#it together

  27. He’s lucky he didn’t get Edelman’d. Apparently the NFL was able to identify the substance that he had taken or was in possession of, and I guess that makes all the difference. Had they not figured it out, he would have got four games for sure. And God forbid it was a situation where it was “more probable than not.” We’d all have to hear from Ted Wells and his Reverse Engineering Team again.

  28. Someone needs to save him from himself.

    Sadly, it seems just a matter of when, not if, he’ll be suspended again… and for longer next time.

    Not everyone is cut out for pro sports from the mental standpoint and I’m not talking about intelligence rather their backgrounds and upbringing.

    Some are just happy to make the big time, get the big contracts and then they focus on status, selfies, parties, women, image etc.

    It’s great being a pro ballplayer but many don’t want to put in all the hard work that’s required so they cut corners, party etc.

    Not looking forward to it, but it seems that Mr. Foster will be caught up in something again and it’s a shame.

  29. waaaa waaaa. should have beeen 6 games!.. waaa waaa. Santa Clara waaa waaaa! #weedisbad waaa waaa. waaaa waaaa

  30. hawkkiller says:
    July 3, 2018 at 5:41 pm
    So glad Arizona passed on this guy taking SLB Hasson Reddick at 13th overall. Given his injuries and off the field incidents after what happend at the combine along with these latest charges, now we know why the Lions passed as well and Foster almost to fell round 2 falling to 32nd overall.

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    LOL Reddick did not play so well last year. Foster was all pro caliber.

    Derp.

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