Fresh Off Getting Cut After His Second Domestic Violence Allegation This Year, Reuben Foster Got Scooped Right On Up By Who Else But The Redskins
For whatever it's worth, which is one long walk of shame past the firing squad that is everyone with both a brain and a voice, Doug Williams and Dan Snyder really outdid themselves with this move. When you consider that they still proudly identify themselves by a racial slur in the year 2018, it's no small feat to top your organizational tone deafness, but I'll be damned if the Redskins didn't do just that by voluntarily taking on the headache that is Reuben Foster before that of the woman he allegedly struck...again...would have even subsided.
When it comes to the acquisition of talent, we've grown all-too-accustomed to seeing NFL teams operate outside the outskirts of a society of in which common sense typically figures into the employment process. However, this is a whole new shortsighted step in the stupid prioritization of football ahead of even the most bargain basement of business ethics.
We're talking about a player who might not even play football again. A player that a proud franchise like the 49ers was absolutely forced into admitting was a complete failure of a first round pick. A player who, with everything to lose, was presumably still with the goddamn girlfriend who had already both accused and admitted to falsely accusing him of domestic abuse within the calendar year. As good a linebacker as he may be, all signs point to Reuben Foster being a menacing moron at best and a menace to society at worst. Yet, the Redskins basically picked up both him and an amount of baggage that would have United Airlines charging you six ways to Sunday from right outside his holding cell, no questions asked.
If nothing else, the unprecedented lack of shame that resides in the Washington's front office sure is impressive, albeit for all the wrong reasons. The NFL is a league that loves to hide behind the otherwise admirable concept of handing out second (or third, or fourth, etc.) chances when all it's constituents are really doing is compromising any and all morals in a desperate attempt to improve on the gridiron. Keep that in mind when considering that the Redskins were the only organization anxiously lined up outside waiting to rip through the red flags and snag Reuben Foster like he was the most prized product at a 'Black Friday' sale. To make 31 other NFL franchises look like they care by comparison is an accomplishment, even if it's one that makes your own franchise look like a barren wasteland of which basic human decency has died.
To be clear, I don't know what to make of a situation that's sounds about as toxic as the braindead braintrust that voluntarily took it on as a PR nightmare. Therefore, I'll let the justice system run it's course before determining that an extremely talented 22 year old should be shunned from both professional sports and society forever. However, the idea that the Redskins, of all teams, chose to beat any sort of investigation to the punch (no unfortunate pun intended) in backing Reuben Foster because his college friends said it's okay is pretty damn astounding, even by NFL standards.