NFL may still suspend Reuben Foster, Goodell says

Ben Krimmel
January 31, 2019 - 8:51 am

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The NFL has not closed the door on suspending Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster, Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday.

Speaking at his annual news conference ahead of the Super Bowl, Goodell said the league has not concluded their investigation into whether Foster violated the NFL's personal conduct policy.

“We continue our investigation into that,” Goodell said. “Whether charges are dropped doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a violation of our personal conduct policy. Reuben and I have met before. We will talk again. But we’ll conclude that investigation and make a determination, and we’ll go from there.”

Redskins team president Bruce Allen told reporters at the Senior Bowl the team is not expecting Foster to be suspended. 

"He's cleared from Florida. The league is still finishing their investigation of it," Allen said last week. "We finished our investigation with it. He's working hard, he's healthy and doing the things that we have mandated that he do in order to ever wear the Burgundy and Gold."

"I don't know why we would expect a suspension, but we'll let the league finish it," Allen said.

Foster remains on the commissioner's exempt list since late November following an arrest on charges of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence after an incident with his ex-girlfriend in Tampa, Florida. The arrest marked Foster's third and led to his release from the San Francisco 49ers. Those chargers against Foster were later dropped in January. 

An attorney for Elissa Ennis, Foster's ex-girlfriend, Adante Pointer, told The Washington Post he was disappointed chargers were dropped.

“It’s disappointing, it’s a surprise, and it’s just another slap in the face for my client,” Pointer told The Post.

Ennis described the incident in Florida and multiple prior incidents to ABC News, saying, "I came and he took one of my phones and he slapped me and pushed me."

Before claiming Foster off waivers, Allen said the Redskins "did our own quick investigation of some of the facts that we had heard" and they "we’re fortunate that the outcome was what somewhat anticipated."

“We did our homework on what we had to do on the player himself," Allen said. "And we know a lot of people who know him. And, we’ll see. He still has a ways to go in order to get on the football field, but right now, he’s doing everything correct.”

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