San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with felony domestic violence Thursday for allegedly attacking his girlfriend in February at their Los Gatos home, the Santa Clara County's District Attorney Office announced.
The 28-year-old victim told law enforcement officials that Foster, 24, attacked her, dragged her by her hair, physically threw her out of the house and punched her in the head eight to 10 times on Feb. 11, Deputy District Attorney Kevin Smith said.
Smith said the victim had bruises and a ruptured ear drum.
Foster was also charged with felony possession of an assault weapon and misdemeanor possession of a high-capacity magazine and, if convicted, he could face more than 11 years in prison, according to Smith.
"Our focus is on holding accountable those who hurt their intimate partners. (Our) office handles between four and five thousand domestic violence cases each year. We only hope that this case illuminates the tragic regularity of the rest," Smith said.
A 49ers spokesperson told NBC Bay Area Sports that the team is aware of "disturbing charges" against Foster.
"We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process," the spokesperson said.
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Foster was arraigned Thursday at the Hall of Justice in San Jose.
Teammates Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt were outside the courthouse. "I’m just here to support a teammate," Sherman told NBC Bay Area Sports.
Foster had no comment.
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