: So last weekend. 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on suspicion of domestic battery charges in the team hotel in Tampa Bay, the night before we played the Bucs. Police reports have come out saying he slapped her and pushed her chest over a disagreement; not a great look. Everyone has heard the story by now, and upon hearing that news, the 49ers promptly released him from the team. While for most of us this would seem like a slam dunk decision to make, there are a few criticizing the choice, saying that the 49ers should wait out the result of this issue.
Look, Foster has had domestic issues, which in fairness have all been resolved, in the past with this same girl, and whether or not anything actually happened doesn't really matter anymore in my opinion. For a guy to claim that he has done nothing wrong, he seems to find himself in trouble all the time, and you can only give a guy so many second chances before he is officially a distraction to the team, no matter how good he is.
Fast forward two days, and he was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins. In my opinion, this is a terrible look not only for the Redskins, but for the league as a whole. Let's start with the Redskins.
A team that has been mired in controversy over it's very name has now found itself in hot water on social media over the decision to bring Foster in. There is no doubt that the guy is an absolute stud, but the hypocrisy of the signing is pretty hilarious. Here's a quote from Dan Snyder in 2014:
via @minakimes on Twitter
The one positive thing that can be said in Washington's case is that there are a TON of Alabama defensive players on their team, and there probably wouldn't be another place better suited to watching out and taking care of him. But it does draw to question where the Redskins place their importance.
If you know me, you know that I am not a huge Colin Kaepernick guy. I never had a real issue with the kneeling thing, I just thought he was a bit of a distraction as a backup and wasn't fit to be a starter. HOWEVER, to bring this guy in fresh off an alleged domestic violence incident and not even give Kaep a look when Smith went down is suspect. Instead you sign captain Butt-Fumble and have officially punted on the season. And this brings me to my larger point.
The NFL has a major problem right now. Roger Goodell and his cronies have shown that there is no set guidelines on how to punish players and for what reasons. Ray Rice punches his fiancé in an elevator: 2 games. Tom Brady "deflates" some footballs in a playoff game, a game where they RAN the ball for 177 yds. and 3 TD's winning by 38: 4 games and a fiasco of a trial. Josh Gordon smokes pot 3 times, because God forbid he smokes instead of using opioids: 1 year. Colin Kaepernick kneels during the anthem for a cause he finds just: apparent blackballing and indefinite suspension.
The only reason this guy still has a job is because the owners know that he will bend over backwards to cover their asses when they are obviously only concerned about the money coming into their pockets. We always kind of suspected that, but it is now more apparent than ever.