The Redskins are standing by Mason Foster after explosive DMs revealed

Chris Lingebach
December 12, 2018 - 3:12 pm
Redskins standing by Mason Foster after explosive DMs revealed

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Redskins coach Jay Gruden publicly defended his linebacker, Mason Foster, after private messages that were critical of the fanbase leaked onto the internet.

"F**k this team and this fan base," Foster allegedly told a fan in an Instagram direct message, which Gruden referenced, but didn't confirm came from Foster on Wednesday. "Yeah and I'm not f***in wit it or being a scape goat to make fans feel better about all these big money ppl who ain't playin or getting dogged out."

"I'll try my chances and go to a winning team next year," Foster allegedly says in another message. "Love the Redskins but this ain't it for the African #LOVE."

"We talked to Mason about it," Gruden told reporters. "I don't know when it was exactly, but it was a private message, and the guy, I guess, screenshotted it, which is against the code of private messages on screenshots."

"I know what Mason is," he said. "I know what he means to this football team, what he's meant to this football team, and anything he said in a personal message was personal and I really don't take anything from it."

Gruden took his defense of Foster one step further by criticizing the fan who posted the private conversations.

"I do, however, disagree with that guy posting a private message out on social media," Gruden said. "Broke a code there, which I don't agree with. But as far as Mason, I have nothing but respect for him as a person and as a player."

When pressed about the contents of the messages, and how they're now public knowledge, Gruden interjected, saying, "Yeah, I really don't even care. It's a private message and I don't know when it happened. Like I said, I know Mason and how hard he's worked and how hard he plays. I know he wouldn't say anything publicly to do that."

"That was a private deal where he was probably, could have been messing around," he said. "I don't know the intent of that message. I really... don't care."

Asked if he felt the message might be exposing some bigger issue within the defense, Gruden said, "No. Not at all."

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