- The Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster off waivers three days after theSan Francisco 49ers released him following his second arrest of 2018 related to allegations of domestic violence.
- Washington swiftly received criticism across the NFL world after making the move.
- In a statement, the team said that Foster “will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process” before playing for the team.
The Washington Redskins claimed former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers on Tuesday.
Foster had been let go by the 49ers after being arrested Saturday on a charge of domestic violence, his second such arrest of the year.
The move was met with criticism from across the NFL world, who recognised Washington’s decision to pick up Foster’s contract as hypocritical to the league’s stance against domestic violence.
Reuben Foster has been arrested three times in 2018 and was suspended for two games to begin the NFL season.
Less than 72 hours after being arrested on domestic violence charges and waived, a team claimed him on waivers, possibly to have him play right away.
Give me a break.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 27, 2018
Washington has no problem with domestic violence, apparently https://t.co/PVlSPj9IF3
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) November 27, 2018
Other critics brought up the league’s response to Ray Rice’s incidents of domestic violence as a way of framing Washington’s decision to bring in Foster.
September 2014. pic.twitter.com/PQZuC2iXaL
— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) November 27, 2018
Remember when people said Ray Rice being kept out of the league was proof that the NFL cared about women and domestic violence? Now explain Reuben Foster.
— Benjamin Hoffman (@BenHoffmanNYT) November 27, 2018
There were also those that highlighted that in today’s NFL, teams still refuse to give Colin Kaepernick a shot, but bringing in a player who was arrested twice is apparently a move teams are willing to make.
-Claim Reuben Foster after multiple arrests and with a potential pending suspension
-Go with Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez at QB
-Don't sign Colin Kaepernick
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) November 27, 2018
Fascinating that teams are so afraid of blowback to Kaepernick that nobody will touch him, but obviously don't fear strong enough backlash over a player repeatedly involved with domestic violence. What does that say about us as fans, esp. if the team is calculating correctly?
— Judy Battista (@judybattista) November 27, 2018
Redskins Senior V.P. of Player Personnel Doug Williams released a statement regarding their decision to claim Foster, saying that they “fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben,” adding that if they are true, “you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organisation would ever condone.”
The statement continued:
“Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player.”
“That being said, we decided to investigate the situation with Reuben further by claiming his rights after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.”
This statement was also quickly met with criticism.
"We asked as many dudes as we could find about this guy with a long domestic violence rapsheet and they said it was hunky-dory. That's what we call due diligence." https://t.co/WmNll6QT2l
— Mike Tanier (@MikeTanier) November 27, 2018
While the Redskins statement seems to say that the team has no plans on playing him in the near future, it’s not yet clear whether he’d even be allowed if the team wanted to get him into the lineup. Foster is likely facing a suspension from the NFL for his latest arrest.