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John Lynch Issues Statement on 49ers LB Reuben Foster


San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch met with reporters on Monday afternoon from the team's John McVay Draft Room at the SAP Performance Facility. After a brief description of what goes into the 49ers draft process, Lynch addressed the domestic violence charge against linebacker Reuben Foster.

"I want to address that up front," Lynch began. "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. I do have a couple of thoughts. Speaking for Jed (York) and Kyle (Shanahan) and speaking for the York family, as you all know and as our release indicated, we take the gravity of these charges extremely seriously. We do feel like patience is the right approach right now. 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 organization going forward."

At this time, Foster is not taking part in the team's offseason program. Lynch indicated that the team is willing to be patient for as long as it takes for them to get the necessary information regarding the investigation. Foster recorded 72 tackles in 10 games as a rookie in 2017.