Salters: Redskins did 'investigation of sorts' on Foster

Brian Tinsman
December 03, 2018 - 9:12 pm
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The Washington Redskins were in the spotlight for much of the Monday Night Football pregame show as they prepared to take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

With about 10 minutes to go before kickoff, they were placed squarely in the crosshairs for their decision to claim Reuben Foster, less than 72 hours after spending the night in custody in Tampa for allegedly assaulting his partner in the team hotel. The San Francisco 49ers cut him. No other team claimed him.

He was plucked from a world of trouble because he should make the Redskins' defense better after serving his inevitable suspension.

"When we spoke to Bruce Allen last night, he told us that the team knew it was going to get some criticism for this move but they did their own investigation of sorts," ESPN's Lisa Salters told the broadcast. "They wanted to know what happened. He talked to people in Tampa and felt comfortable that they heard another side of the Reuben Foster story that is different and perhaps to them worth taking this risk."

Quite frankly, it's hard to take the Redskins seriously on this. Allen's initial statement to the media said the front office consulted Foster's former college teammates before signing him, but no player could confirm that. Last week, USA TODAY reported that the Eagles were the only team that contacted the Tampa police before Foster was claimed. When pressed on the matter by a team-friendly reporter, SVP of Player Personnel Doug Williams justified the move by saying that people in power have done much worse.

It's hard to imagine what investigation "of sorts" the team could have done.

After taking the public relations hit, the Redskins gain little from parting ways with Foster now, unless awful video evidence becomes public. The Ray Rice and Kareem Hunt domestic violence cases suggest that the NFL can stomach partner abuse until video evidence becomes public. In the meantime, the Redskins clearly want this to go away.

Salters said Allen couldn't articulate how well Foster would need to perform to overcome the public outcry.

"He just looked at us and said, ‘I don’t know,'" she reported. "We’re going to let this whole thing play out and we’ll see. But he did add: Regardless of whether Foster ever wears a uniform, he says he believes that Washington can help support this man and his future."

Translation: the Redskins have every intention of getting value out of Foster. 

 

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