Santana Moss: Foster claim shows Redskins are 'really trying'

Chris Lingebach
November 30, 2018 - 10:15 pm

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Santana Moss certainly doesn't condone domestic violence, but he agrees with the Redskins' wait-and-see approach with Reuben Foster.

Foster was arrested last Saturday on a charge of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence, released by the 49ers on Sunday and then claimed off waivers by the Redskins on Tuesday.

"One of the things that we've been faulted for at times is not taking these chances, you know?" Moss told Chad Dukes during his Friday appearance, presented by Paul Henry's Windows. "We've been a team that, player after player has been out there on the market and we don't push the button, or we don't go out there and reach out and try to acquire that talent.

"And I see, here we are now, this year alone we went out there and been trying to do some of these things. I just see an organization that's trying. They're really trying to build something special here. And with all that said and done, it's kind of sad, or it's kind of bad to go after Reuben the way we had to go after him, but it's just one of those situations, I feel like, as an organization and as a team you have to try to do what's best for your team."

"Claiming him is just saying that, hey, we have the rights," Moss continued. "When everything is all said and done, if he's not able to play in this league, then they'll know what to do next."

DeAngelo Hall told Dukes earlier in the week that, if he were to put his GM hat on, he'd probably make the same move for Foster. Asked if he would do the same, Moss led with an important qualifier.

"Hey man, it's tough. Don't quote me wrongly," he said. "I understand what he's been accused for. You know what I mean? Those allegations are something that we want to sit here and act like we're not noticeable of what's going on. But I just feel like, as a GM, as an owner, that's the limb I have to go out on."

Moss said his first reaction was hesitant because he wasn't fully read-up of Foster's situation, but he knows "any time you're talking about domestic violence, that's a touchy subject and that's something that you can't condone."

"I don't care who you are – the NFL, NBA – regardless of who your profession or what your profession is, that's something that you can't take lightly," Moss said. "But just knowing the guy and his background, I mean, he's troubled, you know? When you have a guy with the talent that he has, the skill set, and knowing his background, you want to be there for him. You don't want to turn your back on him.

"The first thing I thought about it, I was like, 'Would the Redskins give this guy a shot?' And, truth be told, it happened. And I didn't know. I asked myself that question. And when I saw that they reached out and claimed him, I was like, hey, this is a long shot. Because we know he has to go through a lot of stuff with the league and see if he can be acquitted from these charges and everything."

"But to claim him I felt like it wasn't nothing wrong with it, because I felt like, you know, at the end of the day, he still has to go through what he has to go through," he said. "And who knows would he be able to even play in this league still. You know?"

Moss was asked why the Redskins, currently on the edge of the playoffs as a six-seed, would even bother putting themselves through this turmoil.

"That's the thing about it. It's one of those things, though. Damned if you do, damned if you don't," he said. "But at the end of the day, you're trying to build your team. You're trying to build something for the future. So I felt initially claiming him wasn't gonna harm them, but I see they been getting the slack that I thought they was gonna get.

"People are not going to be easy on you. Everyone has their own opinions. Everyone is going to probably tell you why you shouldn't. And at the end of the day, when you're an organization, there's times, there's matters where you have to sometimes say, 'Hey, I have to go out on a limb on this because of my gut.' And I feel like their gut was to give the opportunity that was due to him."

"If everything pans out and he's acquitted and this stuff is not something that really happened, then they have a player," Moss said. "If not, then they probably have to wash their hands with him."

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