San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch denies allegations that the team is giving special treatment to embattled Reuben Foster amid the linebacker’s legal troubles.
The 23-year-old former University of Alabama standout was arrested because of a domestic disturbance, possession of an assault weapon and threats. It was his second arrest in just a month. In January, he was booked on possession of marijuana.
But Lynch said that they followed all the protocols of the team and the NFL on issues such as this.
“We’ve been a little quiet and that’s for a reason,” he said. “There are certain places that I can’t and won’t go because we’re dealing with an ongoing legal matter.”
However, the 49ers had a similar case in Tramaine Brock who was released by the team after his arrest on domestic violence in April last year.
Lynch said the decision to release Brock has no bearing on Foster’s case. He might not be in the same league as Foster but he was also the starting cornerback for the team so that decision wasn’t easy.
He said that the 49ers are weakest at the cornerback position and part of the reason was that they released Brock so that means they really paid for that decision.
“It was the decision that we felt was best for everyone involved and made it accordingly,” he added. ‘
“And as I mentioned, each situation is different and we’ll leave it at that.”
Foster recorded 72 tackles when he started for the 49ers in 10 games last season. However, off-court behavior issues, along with injuries, affected how he is viewed by the rest of the general managers.
The general manager said that they talked with Foster regarding the standards they expect from him.
“I think we made that very clear with him,” he added.