49ers general manager John Lynch talked to reporters on Monday for the first time since linebacker Reuben Foster was charged with three felony counts, including one for domestic violence, for an incident that took place on February 11.
Rather than release Foster, the organization has elected to let the legal process play out for the time being. Lynch stressed on Monday, however, that if indeed Foster is convicted on the domestic violence charge, he will no longer be part of the organization.
“I do have a couple of thoughts in speaking for our organization and speaking for Jed and speaking for Kyle and speaking for the York family,” Lynch said. “As you all know and as our release indicated, we take the gravity of these charges…it has not been lost on us. We take it extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now, that we are going to learn things through this legal process. But I do want to be clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our organization going forward. That’s the standard we want on our team, that’s the standard we are going to operate under.”
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) April 23, 2018