Just three days after a home violence arrest that led to his launch by the San Francisco 49ers, Reuben Foster on Tuesday was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins.
Foster was arrested late Saturday on the 49ers’ resort by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s workplace in Florida on a cost of misdemeanor home violence. It was Foster’s second arrest of the 12 months — he was charged with home violence towards the identical girl within the spring, although that was later dropped — and it violated a zero-tolerance coverage the 49ers had reaffirmed after Foster’s earlier arrest.
The 49ers dropped Foster, a linebacker whom they acquired within the first spherical of the 2017 draft after buying and selling as much as choose him, on Sunday morning earlier than their recreation towards Tampa Bay. The Redskins claimed him off waivers, instantly placing his contract underneath their management, and the N.F.L. later introduced that Foster had been placed on the commissioner’s exempt listing, barring him from working towards and attending video games. He is allowed to be current at staff amenities for conferences, exercises, remedy and rehabilitation.
The transfer by Washington was met with instant criticism on-line, forcing Doug Williams, the Redskins’ senior vp for participant personnel, to launch a press release explaining the choice.
“Today, we have claimed the rights to LB Reuben Foster,” he mentioned within the assertion. “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 assertion went on to say that Foster must clear a number of hurdles with the league and his new staff to be allowed to go well with up for Washington; it added that the staff had consulted with quite a few Foster’s former teammates at Alabama earlier than making the choice.
The Redskins have 4 former Alabama teammates of Foster on their roster: Shaun Dion Hamilton, Daron Payne, Jonathan Allen and Ryan Anderson.
“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,” Williams’s assertion mentioned.
Foster’s authorized troubles started on the N.F.L. scouting mix final 12 months when his confrontation with a hospital employee over his drug check resulted in his being despatched residence with out assembly any groups. That episode, and the diluted drug check pattern that was later introduced, led to Foster’s getting into the N.F.L.’s substance-abuse program, and he was chosen at No. 31 after being projected as a possible top-10 decide.
After a promising rookie 12 months, Foster had a tumultuous low season, which included the preliminary home violence cost in addition to a misdemeanor marijuana-possession cost. While his accuser recanted the preliminary home violence cost, saying she had made up the fees to hurt his profession, the N.F.L. decided that between the 2 arrests, Foster had violated the N.F.L.’s conduct and substance-abuse insurance policies, and the league suspended him for the primary two video games of the season.
The report from Saturday’s arrest acknowledged that “Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face. Officers observed a one-inch scratch on the victim’s left collarbone.”
Foster was initially held with out bail, however after a listening to on Sunday morning, he was launched on $2,000 bail and was informed to don’t have any contact along with his accuser.
Foster, who acquired the 2016 Butkus Award as the highest linebacker in faculty soccer, appeared in 16 video games for the 49ers over two seasons. He is at the moment working his approach again from a hamstring harm amid a disappointing season on the sector, during which he has performed in simply six video games and picked up 29 tackles.