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Redskins Claim Reuben Foster

Football is family? Character matters?

November 28, 2018 - 10:17 am

On Saturday night, 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested for alleged domestic violence. 

On Sunday, 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was released by the 49ers.

On Tuesday, former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was claimed by Washington. 

And that tells you everything that you need to know about Dan Snyder’s football team. They don’t give a crap. They could not give less of a crap if they tried.

Reuben Foster is arrested for domestic violence for a second time and Washington barely waits a second before they grab him. 

Football is family? Character matters? Any other lame-ass, empty statements that anyone wants to roll out right now? Because none of them are true in Washington. 

I would say that it’s shameful, but Washington has no shame. I would say it’s disgusting, because it is, but it’s not surprising. 

No other team put in a claim on Foster. Washington was the only one. And I know what you’re thinking: they probably did their due diligence and contacted the local police about the incident. Wrong. According to AJ Perez of USA Today, the Eagles were the only team to do that. And that’s not a great look for Philly. 

Sure, Washington released a statement, one that came from Doug Williams, a legendary former player and pretty much the only popular member of their front office. It was a desperate attempt to gloss over what they did. I’ll read you some of that statement, but just know that before I do, I don’t believe a word of it. And neither should you, but here we go:

"Today we have claimed the rights to LB Reuben Foster. The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone."

Let me stop you right there, because you do condone this. 

By bringing him in right now, you not only condone it, you embrace it. You welcome it. 

That’s what it means when you bring a player into your organization. You are not rejecting him, you are accepting him. You want him to wear your uniform and represent you. And you are doing that knowing that he’s been accused of domestic violence twice in the last year. 

The statement goes on to say some junk about how they’re going to let the legal process play out, how they consulted some of Foster’s former Alabama teammates, and how they think this could be a place for him to succeed personally and professionally. And not one word of it matters. 

What matters is that 48 hours after the 49ers released their former first round pick because of a second arrest for domestic violence, Washington claimed him. 

What matter is that they’re okay with domestic violence. You support alleged abusers. 

Don’t get this twisted. Washington is not running some sort of clinic or halfway house where they take alleged abusers and work with them to see the error of their ways. They’re running a football team and they don’t give a crap if Reuben Foster hits his girlfriend as long as he hits a running back, too. 

Washington released their statement. Here’s another statement that was released, only this one was from the Tampa police. According to the report, Foster and a 28-year-old woman were involved in a verbal altercation. The woman told police 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." Police noted that a one-inch scratch was observed on the woman’s collarbone. 

So that’s the other statement. And Washington is saying they’re okay with it. We’re good with bringing in a guy a few hours after he pushed a woman and slapped her in the face. So what is the line? Are you good with an open hand, but not a closed fist? Or does he have to strangle her before you say that’s too much?

I say this team’s moral compass is broken, but they never had one in the first place. Have you checked their team name recently? 

Do you remember the cast of cast-offs they brought in to audition for a backup quarterback? Colin Kaepernick is out there and is clearly better than any of them, but by all accounts, they didn’t reach out to him. But they could not wait to bring in a man accused of domestic violence multiple times.  

And if you want to come in here with some sort of moronic “innocent until proven guilty” argument, keep on moving. Because you clearly do not understand. 

I’m not saying that Reuben Foster should be sent to jail without a trial. I’m not saying he doesn’t deserve his day in court. He does deserve his day in court. 

But when you say he deserves a spot on your football team, you’re telling on yourself. You say you’re okay with this. You’re okay with a certain amount of domestic violence. You make decisions and your decisions make you. And this one not only made Washington, it exposed them, again. For who they are. 

Not only do they not care about domestic violence, they don’t even care enough to prevent everyone from knowing that they don’t care. They don’t even care about the perception of how little they care about domestic violence. 

Because they aren’t just holding his rights until his criminal investigation is complete or until the league’s investigation is complete or until he’s allowed to play – THEY’RE PAYING HIM IN THE MEANTIME. They are paying him $257,000 for the rest of the season. They are dropping a quarter of a mill on a guy accused of domestic violence multiple times, in case he’s cleared and can play again.

Again, I don’t know what Foster did or did not do. But I know I would not pay a quarter of a million in salary and untold amounts in negative PR for the right to find out. I would want to get as far away as possible from him. But not Washington. They rushed in. 

You want to attempt to justify this? Go right ahead. Just know that you’re justifying domestic violence in the process. You’re saying that there’s a situation where you’re good with it. You’re saying there’s some amount of domestic violence that’s acceptable if you can play football. 

And if you want to call, or email, or tweet some sort of justification for that move, bring it on. I would welcome you outing yourself on nationally syndicated radio as being cool with domestic violence. 

So what would get you to not sign a player? Attempted murder? Actual murder? Just let us all know now so that we don’t have to pretend to be shocked later.