Jerry Rice on Reuben Foster and the 49ers: ‘He completely failed them 100 percent’

Former top pick was let go in wake of ongoing legal problems

Karl Buscheck
November 26, 2018 - 11:05 am

The day after the 49ers parted ways with Reuben Foster, Jerry Rice joined “Joe, Lo & Dibs” on Monday morning and explained where he stands on the situation.

Suffice it to say that Rice sides with GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan — not the now ex-Niner.

“They gave him a legitimate chance,” Rice said on 95.7 The Game. “They had some rules in place after the second one. And they said, ‘Hey, look, you’re going to have to abide by these rules. And you’re going to have to prove to us that, hey, you want to be a part of this organization. You want to represent the San Francisco 49ers the right way.’”

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Saturday night’s arrest at the team hotel on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence capped what has been a tumultuous run for Foster as a 49er.

Back in January, he was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession in January in Alabama. The next month he was arrested on charges of felony domestic violence stemming from a February incident at his home in Los Gatos. That episode also featured gun charge

The domestic violence charge was ultimately recanted by Elissa Ennis, the same woman who was involved in this weekend’s incident. Per the San Francisco Chronicle, Foster and Ennis were also entangled in a previously unreported domestic disturbance in October.

“And he completely failed them 100 percent,” Rice continued So, you know, the third one, I think they made the right decision. Now they can move on.”

“It’s just unfortunate because I had the opportunity to meet Reuben Foster, and what a great guy. A great guy. Full of energy. Loves the game of football. And he was really coming into his own.”

“He had some little minor setbacks with some injuries and stuff like that, but this guy could have been an anchor in that defense and it’s just unfortunate that he couldn’t abide by the rules. He couldn’t represent the San Francisco 49ers the way they wanted him to represent them.”

“And the thing too, it’s puts them in a really bad position. Because they keep sticking their neck out for this guy and he just continually (was) just letting them down and I think they made the right move. And they’re moving on now.”

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