Skip to comments.Reuben Foster claimed by Redskins, put on commissioner's exempt list
Posted on 11/28/2018 11:42:49 AM PST by Red Badger
The Washington Redskins claimed linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence.
Foster was subsequently placed on the commissioner's exempt list, meaning he cannot practice or attend games but can be at the team facility on "a reasonable basis" for workouts, meetings and other permitted non-football activities.
The NFL will continue to review the matter.
Washington's decision to claim Foster was not unanimous, a source said. And there is no guarantee Foster will ever play for the team.
"The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone. Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player," senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said in a statement.
Washington was the only team to put in a waiver claim for Foster, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The 49ers selected Foster in the first round of the 2017 draft. The Redskins liked Foster before the draft but were concerned about his medical history.
Washington also has four defensive players who played with Foster at Alabama, including linemen Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen and linebackers Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton. Their insight into Foster helped the organization make the decision to claim him.
"We decided to investigate the situation with Reuben further by claiming his rights after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance," Williams said in the statement. "Nothing is promised to Reuben, but we are hopeful being around so many of his former teammates and friends will eventually provide him with the best possible environment to succeed both personally and professionally."
Foster was arrested in Tampa, Florida, on Saturday night, less than 24 hours before the 49ers faced the Buccaneers. Tampa Police said Foster and a woman were involved in a verbal altercation and that "Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face." Police said a 1-inch scratch was observed on the woman's left collarbone.
According to the arrest report, the woman pressing charges against Foster for Saturday night's incident is Elissa Ennis, with whom Foster has been involved off and on for three years. It wasn't their first domestic incident. On Feb. 11, he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and possession of an assault rifle; a loaded Sig Sauer 516 rifle was discovered on a bathroom floor. The domestic violence charge was dropped in May when Ennis recanted her allegations that Foster had hit her. But Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was given two years of probation and banned from possessing guns during this time.
In addition, Foster served a two-game suspension to start this season, stemming from an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession in January (charges were dropped after he completed a first-time-offender diversion course). He also failed a drug test at the 2017 NFL combine and was sent home early after getting into a heated argument with a hospital worker. Foster was considered a top-10 talent, but his off-field issues and medical concerns caused him to drop to the 31st pick.
Foster missed six games with injuries his rookie season but finished second on the team with 72 tackles. He appeared in only six games this season and recorded 29 tackles. The Redskins have started Zach Brown and Mason Foster at inside linebacker all season but clearly want to upgrade the position moving forward.
Washington also signed running back Adrian Peterson in August. Peterson was suspended for all but one game in 2014 after being charged with felony child abuse; he eventually pleaded no contest to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault.
Foster, 24, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. local time Saturday and booked into Hillsborough County Jail at 11:11 p.m., according to a custody report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. He was released Sunday afternoon on $2,000 bail.
Admittedly I just skimmed the story but does this mean he can get in trouble 30 more times before he’s drummed outta the nfl?
I think they are awaiting the legal outcome before he’s either passed or let go.
Right now he’s in NFL limbo.................
“Right now hes in NFL limbo”
Yeah, I’m sure no matter what happens he won’t be having to sleep in a refrigerator box and panhandle for money any time soon.
I’m surprised the Vikings or Raiders didn’t grab him off waivers.
Odds are good that this is a false charge and the 49ers just gave the Skins a pretty decent player for free.
Oh Well. There's always next year.
'Reuben Foster signed a 4 year, $9,035,309 contract with the San Francisco 49ers, including a $4,711,320 signing bonus, $6,873,222 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $2,258,827. In 2018, Foster will earn a base salary of $257,561, while carrying a cap hit of $257,561.'
So no, with $6.8M guaranteed, I don't think his next residence will have Whirlpool on the mailbox. At least in the short term. You hear about a lot of them burning through their money and have bupkis left a few years after they're out of the league.
Elissa Ennis has done that before...
Well, well, well. He’ll fit comfortably right at home in Washington D.C. surrounded by fellow felons.
That’s what I was thinking...join the swamp, Rueben!
In February he was arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend. She was severely beaten, including the bones around here eye being fractured. She later recanted and said the injuries were from a fight with another woman. But a lot of people thought that didn't pass the smell test and she probably recanted because she was paid off.
Then a month ago, police were called when he was arguing loudly at a residence in Santa Clara with the SAME woman. Now, he has a new girlfriend. For his most recent arrest, this past Saturday, he allegedly beat the SAME woman. What was she doing with him in the Tampa Bay hotel 3000 miles away from where he lives in Los Gatos, California?
I don't know if he assaulted her any of these times, but if he didn't, isn't he extremely STUPID for still associating with her? He's stupid to associate with her either way, but if she got him arrested, suspended from the NFL for two games, etc. and he still associates with her how stupid is he?
I wouldn't be surprised if the 49ers dropped him because he had promised he wouldn't be around this woman at all. If she lied about him assaulting her the first time, then I'd say he brought this on himself for allowing her to do it again.
the accuser admitted her previous charges made against him were false
Sounds more like Ravens material...
Ravens? How about the Bengals?
Hey now. Don’t go equating the Vikes with the Raiders. That’s just harsh, aye?
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