The judge in Foster's case indicated Thursday that he will rule on whether or not there is enough evidence to proceed to trial May 23, Evan Sernoffsky of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Foster's former girlfriend recanted her story during the hearing Thursday, improving his chances of having the case dropped. If he's able to avoid charges, the second-year linebacker could have a solid opportunity to keep his spot atop the depth chart. However, general manager John Lunch did note that the team would release Foster if the charges were proven to be true.
Foster's former girlfriend -- who pressed charges against him for domestic violence in February -- said through her attorney Wednesday that she fabricated reports of an assault in an effort to "trash his career" after the linebacker reportedly tried to break off their relationship, Kurtis Alexander of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. This is quite the development as Foster's April 30 plea deadline approaches. The Santa Clara County prosecutors involved with the case have yet to announce whether they will proceed with the charges filed against Foster. The 49ers have insisted that they want to let the legal process play out before rendering a decision on Foster's future with the organization. General manager John Lynch did clearly state that the team would cut Foster if the allegations regarding his assault proved to be true, so the accuser's statements Wednesday could dramatically change how this story unfolds.
Foster will not participate in team activities as his legal process plays out, Nick Wagoner of ESPN reports. Foster is facing three felony charges from his February arrest. There is no clear timeline on how long it might take for the process to reach its conclusion.
Foster has been charged with three felonies stemming from his February arrest, ESPN.com reports. The report relays via the Santa Clara District Attorney's office that Foster "faces charges of domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily injury, forcefully attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime, and possession of an assault weapon." As the legal process moves forward, Foster could also be subject to discipline from the NFL.
With the legal process still in motion regarding Foster's legal issues, 49ers owner Jed York recently said that he will ultimately decide whether or not the linebacker remains on the team moving forward, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Foster has been dealing with a pair of offseason incidents which have him mired in a lengthy legal process in two separate states. The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office has yet to decide whether or not to press charges on the 23-year-old regarding his domestic abuse case from February, but York made a strong statement during Wednesday's press conference, suggesting that even if the charges were dropped, it would ultimately be up to him whether or not Foster sticks on the roster. The 49ers have had a slew of former players over the past decade who dealt with similar off-the-field issues, and they were all eventually cut by York's regime. Foster has exhibited skills in the early stages of his career that have him looking like a cornerstone piece of a rebuilding defense -- and in turn, an IDP stud -- but York's zero-tolerance policy may outweigh that potential. Even if Foster can escape the arm of the law unscathed and also regain his owner's trust, he likely would still be slapped with a suspension by the NFL to begin the season.
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