The Washington Redskins faced a storm of criticism for sweeping up Reuben Foster just days after he was let go by the San Francisco 49ers over a domestic violence arrest.
The team announced the move in a statement from senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams.
“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,” said Williams.
“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,” he added.
Williams’ explanation did little to quell the anger on social media. Field Yates of ESPN tweeted: “Reuben Foster has been arrested three times in 2018 and was suspended for two games to begin the NFL season.
“Less than 72 hours after being arrested on domestic violence charges and waived, a team claimed him on waivers, possibly to have him play right away. Give me a break.”
Sports Illustrated football writer Robert Klemko tweeted: “Many women abused by athletes say the abusive mentality, and their own concessions to their abusers, are exacerbated by the abuser’s employment continuing unabated by reported incidents.
“Washington has sent a clear message: Winning matters. People don’t.”