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Loverro: Reuben Foster was the breaking point

December 26, 2018 - 11:05 pm

On Wednesday, the Redskins got started on New Year's resolutions, cleaning out a quartet from the front office that had been tasked with improving the team's standing with fans.

Chief operating and business officer Brian Lafemina, CMO Steve Ziff, SVP of Consumer Sales and Marketing Jake Bye, and Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline all departed the organization. The four were welcomed to Washington with press releases and a media blitz, but jettisoned without official comment and a simple deletion from the team's website by mid-afternoon.

Where did it all go wrong? It's possible that fans will never know the full story, but long-time Redskins reporter and columnist Thom Loverro reported a connection to the Reuben Foster claim:

After the news broke at about 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Chad Dukes and Chris Russell interviewed a host of beat reporters over the next seven hours who had inside knowledge of the organization. Each confirmed that they had heard rumblings of friction for about one month, which dates back to the Nov. 27th decision to claim Foster.

Keep in mind, Foster was cut by the San Francisco 49ers after multiple accusations of domestic violence, including one in the team hotel the night before a game. That was enough for the 49ers to give up on Foster, a talented, young, affordable player. He was a player that the Redskins admired but did not select in the Draft.

By becoming the only NFL team to place a claim on him, the Redskins sent a very clear message to the world: talent matters, image does not.

How might four executives tasked with cleaning up the team's image react to that move? Obviously, they weren't alone in not liking it.

Loverro reports that they went a step further in making a data-driven decision on Foster and the move:

Keep in mind that corporate ticket holders represent very important customers to a professional football team. These are more than average fans--these are corporate clients with big budgets to spend. They use Redskins tickets, access and experiences conduct business in their respective fields. Simply put, domestic violence allegations are bad for business, both the Redskins' and their premium customers.

If Loverro's report is true, Lafemina pushed Snyder into a position of choosing between Bruce Allen/Reuben Foster and four top executives/his most valuable fans.

Now, we know where he and the organization stands.

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