The Washington Redskins are taking a big chance.
The NFC East hopefuls reportedly signed Reuben Foster, a linebacker who was just placed on waivers by the San Francisco 49ers after he was accused of domestic abuse early Sunday morning.
At the time of his arrest, ESPN reported the following details:
The arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster was arrested Saturday at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa and booked into jail two hours later. Foster’s bond was set at $2,000 during a bail hearing Sunday morning along with orders to avoid any contact with the alleged victim.
This wasn’t Foster’s first run-in with his alleged victim. He reportedly beat the same woman, Elissa Ennis, earlier this spring.
But the Redskins apparently aren’t sweating these details, since they just claimed him off waivers — 48 hours after the newest rash of allegations broke.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 27, 2018
But this may not be the end of Foster’s troubles. ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter points out it’s now up to the NFL to decide whether they suspend him or not.
Former 49ers’ LB Reuben Foster was claimed by the Washington Redskins, per source.
Now the question becomes whether or when the league will suspend him.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 27, 2018
It’s important to note that the most recent allegations are not felony charges, and it’s not likely that Foster will spend any lengthy amount of time behind bars. So most of the reprimanding will likely come from within the league, if at all.
Foster was drafted in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft and already has 29 tackles this season.