Anthem-kneelers took over the NFL last season.
Many pretend to preach social justice and equality, but aren’t quite living up to their own standards off the field.
And one athlete just proved this to be the case.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has a shady past that includes drug use that forced him home during the combine before the NFL draft.
Nevertheless, he was still drafted as the first round pick because the NFL has always had an upstanding duty to draft players for talent and not their character.
But the same anthem-kneeler who perpetuates “social change” was just arrested for domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle.
Mercury News reports:
“The domestic-violence arrest of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster stemmed from his girlfriend’s accusation that he physically dragged her during an argument at a Los Gatos home Sunday morning, according to sources familiar with the investigation.
The reported victim, who has been in a relationship with Foster for several years, also told police dispatchers during a 911 call that he owned multiple semiautomatic rifles, according to an archived recording. Officers ended up recovering one firearm, a SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle, sources said.
The encounter left the woman injured, sources said, but the extent of her injuries was not disclosed.
Altogether, the allegations were the basis of Foster getting booked at the Santa Clara County Main Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, making criminal threats, and possessing an assault weapon. He was released Sunday evening after posting $75,000 bail.
Foster’s agent did not immediately return a message seeking comment to the accusations. Foster has not commented since the arrest, including on his frequently-used social-media channels.
On Monday, Foster visited the 49ers training facility in Santa Clara to meet with team officials, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Sunday evening, the 49ers sent out a statement acknowledging Foster’s arrest and that it is “gathering all pertinent information” in the case. The NFL is also conducting an investigation of the case to determine any potential suspensions and penalties from the league.
In 2014, amid criticism of its handling of the infamous Ray Rice case, the NFL gave Commissioner Roger Goodell authority to give players a minimum six-game suspension for domestic violence allegations, even without a conviction. That was exercised with star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott this past season.
Because Foster is free on bail, he will not likely be charged or arraigned within the typical 72-hour window for jailed suspects. On Monday, Los Gatos-Monte Sereno police forwarded their investigation to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for review.
Prosecutors will have up to 30 days to decide on whether to file charges against Foster. All three offenses for which he was arrested are known as “wobblers,” meaning that if they are charged, they can be filed as either misdemeanors or felonies based on the discretion of the District Attorney’s Office or a Superior Court judge.
The criminal threats allegation, if charged as a felony, would count as a strike under the state’s “Three Strikes” law.”
This is hypocrisy at its absolute finest.