Reuben Foster made his first court appearance on Thursday, following the decision earlier in the day to charge him with three felonies, including felony domestic violence. The court agreed to move Foster’s plea date to 9:00 a.m. on April 30th, with Foster’s attorney stating they had just learned of the charges on Thursday. The judge issued a no-contact order with the victim, and bail was set at $75,000.
It is notable that San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman attended the proceedings with Foster.
#ReubenFoster wearing suit and tie as he enters court with new #49ers teammate Richard Sherman— Cam Inman (@CamInman) April 12, 2018
Sherman has discussed the notion of being a mentor, and given his age and experience in the NFL, I imagine it was something he discussed with Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch. It is unexpected but not surprising that Sherman was on hand for Foster’s hearing. Sherman said after the hearing, “I’m here to support him. I’m here to support a teammate.”
Cam Inman later tweeted that Jaquiski Tartt was also on hand.
Foster’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, has represented several members of the 49ers when they have gotten in trouble in recent years. They include Aldon Smith, Bruce Miller, and Chris Culliver. Bentley issued a fairly generic statement about not litigating this case in the media (via Matt Barrows):
“[W]e are most anxious to have all of the facts come out, and that will happen in the courtroom, not in the media.”
Here’s a couple videos following the proceeding.
Video of Reuben Foster leaving the Hall of Justice. 49ers teammates Richard Sherman and Jaquiski Tartt right in front of me in this video. pic.twitter.com/Mul4FT885x— David Lombardi (@LombardiHimself) April 12, 2018
#49ers linebacker Reuben Foster leaves court after domestic violence arraignment. No plea. Out on $75,000 bail@KPIXTV pic.twitter.com/qa3Rj1kOo5— Len Ramirez (@lenKPIX) April 12, 2018