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ESPN's Beadle Challenges 49ers to Cut Reuben Foster Amid Domestic Violence Charges

25 April, 2018, 01:04 | Author: Delia Walker
  • SANTA CLARA Calif | 49ers GM Lynch Foster will be cut if proven he hit woman

Additionally, Foster could be facing discipline from the National Football League, which stipulates a six-game suspension for the first offense under its domestic violence policy. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now. "That all the information is not there yet. We'll sit back and wait for that to come, and at the given time, where we think the next step is appropriate, then we'll make that decision".

"I want to address that up front", Lynch began.

"We felt given the information we had - we did a lot of work - it was something that we were comfortable with", he said. "If we have a pod of four players, how are we going to divvy these guys up, how are we going to rank them?'"

After Foster was arrested February 12, both Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan met with Foster and heard his version of events.

Lynch held a press conference on Monday to discuss San Francisco's plans for this week's NFL Draft, but he spent more than half of the 42-minute appearance answering questions about Foster's situation. "We take it extremely seriously". Lynch said he thought Foster functioned fine during the season while with the team.

"The gravity of these charges has not been lost on us", Lynch said, via Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. "We felt like while he was here, he was good, there was structure".

"Yeah, I think you have to (operate that way), because the situation's out there", Lynch said. However, this offseason, he has been arrested on a couple of occasions, one for a serious charge of domestic violence. Lynch declined to delve into those specifics, noting the legal process was ongoing. "You would be foolish not to", he said.

Lynch said character was a prime concern past year and noted the 49ers did a "thorough dive" on Foster, which included sending team officials like team chaplain Earl Smith and Keena Turner, a former linebacker who runs their player-engagement department, to visit with Foster for two days in Tuscaloosa, Ala.