49ers release Reuben Foster after linebacker arrested on domestic violence charge in Florida

Representatives for the San Francisco 49ers announced early Sunday that the team is releasing linebacker Reuben Foster after he was arrested Saturday night on a domestic violence charge in Florida.

Update 10:05 a.m. EST Nov. 25: The announcement came in a brief statement from the team on Twitter.

Police in Tampa said they arrested Foster after a reported domestic incident on Saturday night involving  a woman who he had been in an on-again-off-again relationship with for years. The woman told officers Foster slapped and pushed her during an argument at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

Original report: NFL player Reuben Foster, a linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, was arrested on a domestic violence charge Saturday night in Florida, Tampa police said early Sunday.

Officers responded to a report of a domestic violence incident involving Foster, 24, and a woman about 9 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa, police said in a statement, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic.

"Reuben Foster and the female victim were involved in a verbal altercation," the statement said. "The victim stated that during the altercation, Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face."

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Tampa police said the woman had a 1-inch scratch on her collar bone.

The pair had "lived together in the past" and "were involved in an on-again, off-again relationship over the past three years," police said.

Foster is facing a charge of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, police said.

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