John Lynch Issues Statement on 49ers LB Reuben Foster

25 April, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • San Francisco GM John Lynch says if Reuben Foster hit a woman, he won't be on the 49ers

John Lynch on Monday acknowledged the 49ers were surprised by the severity of the charges filed against Reuben Foster earlier this month but remain optimistic their star linebacker won't be convicted of them.

On April 15, the day before the team reported for the start of its offseason program, Lynch, Shanahan and CEO Jed York released a statement saying Foster wouldn't be involved in team activities as "he is tending to his legal matters".

John Lynch said Monday that Foster could rejoin the 49ers if circumstances change, but he'll be cut loose if found guilty.

"We believe right now that it's wise to be patient and that all the information's not there yet", the 49ers general manager said. "But I think just like we look at each situation and every situation as a unique one, I think the league takes that approach, so I'm not going to speak for the league, though, on that". "He's not here right now and we're waiting for all the facts to be out there". We're going to learn things through this legal process.

"But I want to be abundantly clear, if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did hit this young lady, he won't be a part of this organisation going forward". "I'm not at liberty to go in depth on this because it's an ongoing legal process, and we're going to respect that". He also was asked about potential gray area concerning Foster's alleged assault. "We always have a lot of time together, but this is the time where the coaches have spoken, the scouts have spoken, now he and I speak".

Foster is still on the team.

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"Yeah, I think you have to (operate that way), because the situation's out there", Lynch said. And in this case, we don't feel like we have that information. "You would be foolish not to", he said.

Lynch said if there's a fit for Reid after the draft, he could return to the 49ers.

"I think that's yet to be determined", Lynch said. "I certainly am not comfortable with what has transpired in the short history that he's been here".

Last year, the San Francisco 49ers traded back into the first round of the NFL Draft to select former Alabama LB Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick. But I think being around this league, I've seen too many cases of guys who struggle early and then, fortunately, figure it out. "But we'll see where that goes".

If Foster were a lesser player, he'd probably be gone by now.

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