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NFL Athlete Who Takes A Knee To Protest Police Brutality Arrested For Domestic Violence

When Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49er's began 'taking a knee' during the National Anthem at football games to protest police violence against people of color, it sparked a major movement.

Many of Kaepernick's team members were quick to join the protest, and lashed out at anyone who criticized them for what was seen as a disrespectful demonstration. One protester on the 49er's may not like police violence against people of color but doesn't seem to have an issue with violence against women.

Reuben Foster, the 49er's linebacker, was arrested on Sunday. The 23-year-old NFL star has allegedly been charged with domestic violence and having illegal weapons.

TMZ broke the news of Foster's arrest. They report that the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department were sent to Foster's house on Sunday for a welfare check, and a possible disturbance.

When they arrived, they arrested Foster, who reportedly complied without incident.

"He was booked on three separate charges — domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon. No further details were immediately available," the report from TMZ read.

Later, a few more details leaked out. According to Mercury News in San Jose, California, the victim reported to authorities that she and Foster got into an argument. He threw her belongings outside, then attempted to drag her out of the home.

The victim allegedly placed the 911 call herself and advised police that there were 'at least two AR-15 weapons in the house', according to the police radio dispatch. Police did find an illegal SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle at the residence.

If convicted of domestic violence, Foster could be facing the loss of his livelihood. He could be thrown out of the NFL, even if he doesn’t end up in jail, if domestic violence charges are proven.

After the Ray Rice incident, the backlash the NFL got has forced them to be much more aggressive in dealing with players who are violent off the field, particularly toward women. The current political situation in which institutions are being called out for protecting abusers and harassers will most likely prompt the NFL to act swiftly and harshly.  

"The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the report regarding Reuben Foster. We take matters of this nature seriously and are gathering all pertinent information," said a statement from the team.

Foster has been known to have his run-ins with the law. He was arrested just a month ago for possession of marijuana in Alabama. He was expected to face a one-game suspension.

In 2015, he was suspended for three marijuana-related arrests.

Due to his past troubles, Foster was already walking a fine line. The team was trying to work with him, but he was told he had to stay clean. Until now, with marijuana charges, the team has been lenient.

San Francisco general manager John Lynch said in an interview with ninersnation.com, "We probably spent more time with him than anybody in the draft because we felt like it was necessary," Lynch said.

"We grew comfortable, and we felt really good about him. It hasn't been without bumps, as we all know, but we still believe in him a great deal."

The charges now, however, could be far more serious. Foster has been released on $75,000 bail. Prosecutors will be deciding what charges to file within the next few weeks.

Source: Daily Caller
Photo: YouTube

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