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49ers Release Linebacker Reuben Foster Following Arrest

The San Francisco 49ers announced Sunday morning that the team had released linebacker Reuben Foster following his arrest for a domestic violence charge at a Tampa Bay, Florida hotel. 

According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's office arrest report, Foster was arrested Saturday night on a misdemeanor domestic violence battery charge at the team's Tampa hotel, a few hours before playing the Buccaneers Sunday afternoon.  

Tampa Police Department spokesperson Janelle McGregor said the alleged female victim told police that during a verbal confrontation with Foster, he "slapped the phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of the face." 

Officers responding to the call observed a scratch on the victim's left collarbone. Foster was taken into custody by Tampa police and booked with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence. 

As of Sunday morning, Foster was still being held without bond. 

The team announced the move in a one-sentence statement on Twitter that read: "The San Francisco 49ers are releasing Reuben Foster." 

The 49er's first-round pick last year has had a series of troubles on and off the field over the last year. Foster was arrested twice last year off-season. In January, he was arrested for marijuana posession in Alabama, and the next month, he was charged with felony domestic violence in California. That charge was dropped, with a felony weapons violation reduced to a misdemeanor. 

Foster was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league's personal conduct and substance abuse policy rules. 

During the 2018-19 season, Foster has missed the previous two games with the team due to a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game. He had 29 tackles over six games this season with no sacks and has missed 10 tackles this season. 

Photo:  Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office