The league suspended 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster two games for violations of both its personal conduct and substance abuse policies
While the NBA dominated the first week of July with free agent mayhem, the NFL has taken a different tack. On Tuesday, the league announced a trio of suspensions. Packers running back Aaron Jones got two games for violating the substance abuse policy, as did Rams guard Jamon Brown. 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster got the same punishment, though the leauge specifically announced that he violated two different guidelines: the NFL's personal conduct and substance abuse policies.
The punishment came after Foster was charged with a misdemanor weapons charge (to which he pleaded no contest) and a misdemeanor marijuana charge (which was dropped after he completed a diversion program). This offseason, Foster also had two felony domestic violence charges against him dismissed, with the judge citing "inconsistencies" in his ex-girlfriend's account.
"I accept the League's decision and am sorry that my mistakes have hurt my team," Foster said in a statement after the punishment was announced. "I have a responsibility to the 49ers, our fans and our community, and I am committed to learning from this situation and making better choices in the future. The support I have received over the last five months has been humbling, and I do not take it for granted."
As for the team's reaction, general manager John Lynch said in a statement: "Although we are disappointed that Reuben will not be with our team for the first two games of the season, we will continue to work with him on making better decisions and eliminating unnecessary distractions. We are encouraged to see Reuben take responsibility for his mistakes, and hopeful that he has learned from them as well."
The 49ers, an offseason darling, will open the season against the Vikings and Lions without their rising star linebacker.
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