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SAN JOSE — Reuben Foster’s tenure with the 49ers remains tenuous but not over, at least not in the immediate hours after he got charged Thursday for felony domestic violence and weapon possession.
The team’s support even extended into a Santa Clara County courtroom, where new 49ers teammate Richard Sherman surprisingly shadowed Foster as he was escorted in with attorneys for a quick, no-plea arraignment.
“I’m just here to support a teammate,” Sherman said as he left the courtroom trailing Foster, who did not comment.
Even though Foster’s arrest was two months ago, the 49ers brass took a wait-and-see approach regarding Foster until prosecutors announced their own intentions, and that lighting bolt came Thursday with an 8:34 a.m. press release from the District Attorney’s office. Alarming accusations were disclosed in which Foster allegedly punched his girlfriend “in the head eight to 10 times” and resulted in a ruptured ear drum.
And now, rather than terminate Foster’s employment, the 49ers remain in an exploratory phase, uncertain if the allegations amount to facts.