Redskins’ Reuben Foster pick stirs outrage after 2nd domestic violence arrest

“I don’t care how desperate you are to make the playoffs,” USA Today columnist Mike Jones wrote Tuesday. “There is absolutely no justification for adding Reuben Foster.”

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As quickly as the San Francisco 49ers released second-year linebacker Reuben Foster following his second domestic violence arrest in eight months, he was claimed off of waivers by Washington just 72 hours later, setting off a firestorm.

USA Today columnist Mike Jones called the move “vile and inexcusable” in his  column on Tuesday.

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“I don’t care how desperate you are to make the playoffs,” Jones said. “There is absolutely no justification for adding Reuben Foster”

Richard Deitcsh, a writer for the Athletic:

The 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Foster was charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence when an unnamed 28-year-old woman said Foster “slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face.”

The incident comes just seven months after he was charged with felony domestic violence for attacking his girlfriend in February which left her with a ruptured eardrum. The charges were dismissed after the victim recanted her story.

The 49ers stood by Foster after the first arrest but after his second domestic violence arrest—and third overall in the last year—the team released him prior to Sunday’s game.

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For Washington to pounce on Foster so quickly, it was particularly galling for another obvious reason:

Colin Kaepernick, who still has yet to be signed or even worked out by NFL teams since 2016, was frequently referenced by people shocked that Washington claimed Foster but refused to even call Kaepernick when the team’s starting quarterback, Alex Smith, broke his leg two weeks ago.

Whether Foster plays a down in Washington this year is up in the air. Foster is facing a likely suspension for the arrest and is on the Commissioner’s Exempt list while the league investigates his latest charge of domestic violence. But the fact that he was even claimed has put another negative spotlight on the Nation’s Capital.

“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,” ESPN’s Field Yates said on Twitter. “Give me a break.”