Redskins claim Reuben Foster off waivers after linebacker’s arrest
The Washington Redskins made a controversial move Tuesday, claiming former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers. Foster was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic violence at the team hotel and the 49ers announced they were moving on from the linebacker the next day before the teams game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foster, 24, has had multiple run-ins with the law since being taken in the first round of the 2017 draft.
According to an arrest report from Hillsborough County Sheriffs office, Reuben is accused of slapping a phone out of a womans hand, pushing her in the chest and then slapping her in the face with an open hand.
Foster was released from jail on Sunday after he posted bond.
Doug Williams, Redskins senior vice president of player personnel, said the team made the move after consulting with several former Alabama teammates of Foster currently on the Redskins roster.
“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,” the statement reads.
The Redskins defense is dominated by former Crimson Tide players, including safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, defensive linemen Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne, andlinebackers Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton and now Foster.
On the other side of the ball,there’s offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio and wide receiverCam Sims, both on injured reserve.
The Redskins placed Foster on the commissioner exempt list, according to multiple reports. While tagged with that rarely-used label, a player is effectively suspended he cannot practice or play with his team, but is allowed to be around the team’s facility. It is the same list that then-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was placed on in 2014 during his child abuse scandal.
“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. Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally.”
A statement from the Washington Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams: pic.twitter.com/zdxA8hmWtb Washington Redskins (@Redskins) November 27, 2018
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