Reuben Foster apologizes, says he’ll discuss incident with teams before Alabama’s pro day

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The agent for former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster sent a letter to all 32 NFL teams after Foster was sent home from the NFL Scouting Combine following an incident with a hospital worker, NFL Network’s Kimberly Jones reported.

Foster used the letter to apologize and say that although he believes the incident was caused by a misunderstanding, he understood getting invited to the NFL Scouting Combine was a privilege. Foster also invited team representatives to meet with him the night before Alabama’s pro day workout later this week so he can explain his side of the story and answer questions since he missed much of the interview process in Indianapolis.

Foster is considered one of the top defensive talents in this draft. He had posted a video on his Instagram account about the incident Saturday, the day he actually left Indianapolis.

This incident probably makes Foster’s formal pre-draft visits with teams more important. He’s recovering from shoulder surgery, and some teams might want to see more than just updated medical reports over the next several weeks.

42 responses to “Reuben Foster apologizes, says he’ll discuss incident with teams before Alabama’s pro day

  1. Many have done far worse.
    Many hospital workers re stressed or poorly trained anyway.
    My experience are the nurses and doctors are great, The support personnel, no so much

  2. How many of you get somewhat agitated when you’re sitting in the waiting room for an hour, watching several patients who arrived after you get called in by the doctor?

    Now what if you were also applying for your dream job that day?

    This isn’t a huge red flag to me. Potential for a meltdown, possible. But he’s still draftable.

  3. Someone probably told him no for the first time, but he is a high round pick, so all is forgiven.

  4. he got into an argument with a hospital worker he didn’t beat his wife… please if the guy was a top 10 talent a week ago he still is today. Unless you know what happened, which NFL teams will then you sound like a bunch of clowns calling him entitled when you don’t know either what caused it or the man himself

  5. PS did it ever occur to anyone that the hospital worker said he wasn’t cleared to do any drills and he was arguing that he was fine? Once they determined he couldn’t go because of the report he got pissed and they sent him home because he couldn’t do anything about it? he probably lost a few million dollars based on that workers opinion.. I would say he had a right to be pissed.

  6. The combine process is really grinding. The players get little sleep and
    are constantly being pulled around by the teams. They also have to go
    through a crazy medical review after getting X-rays and MRI’s.
    A player is examined in a room by a physician who is one of a team
    of 5-6 other doctors, that doctor goes over your history and objective
    records, then brings you into exam room. He into’s you and gives a history while the others are checking you out. So you can have a doctor
    on each knee, tugging to see if there is any ACL deficit. Two other Doctors are checking out each shoulder.
    Then while all this is going on, not to mention the 30 interviews,
    you have to stay focused to run and jump to your best ability of all
    time. Not an easy process. That being said, if true , never say to
    someone ..” do you know who I am? ” and not expect some negative
    reply.

  7. Dear Football Gods,

    Please let all the teams pass on him over this trivial issue, so he ends up with the Dolphins at #22 even though he is expected to go in the top 5, like the Steal of the Draft last year: Laremy Tunsil.

    -A lifelong Fan

  8. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:47 PM
    He sure will, lol.

    Bravo for your very substantive football comment…what a putz.

    Foster has some maturing to do like a lot of Pats fans.

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  9. IMHO the bigger story here is how the liberal sport’s media is coming to the rescue of Foster. If this was a white player the media would be accusing him of being an arrogant Trump supporter.

  10. By March, 2017, the NFL personnel people should already have this guy rated. This is how good teams end up with great players. Same thing happened to Dan Marino.

  11. buffalosunshine,

    wow bubba, I don’t have to ask what your political beliefs are as I can see you’ve clearly been liberated by the acceptable use of alternative facts.

    Hey, even though the whole football opinion thing isn’t going so well for you embrace the knowledge you could do well making up children’s fiction.

  12. murphyslaw40 says:

    How many of you get somewhat agitated when you’re sitting in the waiting room for an hour, watching several patients who arrived after you get called in by the doctor?
    ==================================

    I walk calmly to the desk and nicely ask to make sure I wasn’t accidentally passed up. Then I sit back down. But of course I’m an adult that doesn’t have anger management issues.

  13. What a moron. How stupid are some of these guys? Do they have any brains at all? I think Dinosaurs were smarter than some of these guys.
    I mean, you look forward to being invited to the Combine so you can possibly open the eyes of the NFL coaches who are there. And you get sent home because you can’t control your temper with a hospital worker???
    You can’t make this stuff up. I hope this guy’s shoulder holds up when he hands the burgers and fries out the drive through window.

  14. murphyslaw40 says:
    Mar 5, 2017 3:51 PM
    How many of you get somewhat agitated when you’re sitting in the waiting room for an hour, watching several patients who arrived after you get called in by the doctor?

    Now what if you were also applying for your dream job that day?

    This isn’t a huge red flag to me. Potential for a meltdown, possible. But he’s still draftable.

    If I had to sit in a waiting room as part of getting paid millions I would camp there for a month if needed.

  15. Why is everyone making excuses and giving him a free pass?
    He came across like an entitled Diva – there is no excuse for that.

    Doesn’t mean he isn’t a great player but also doesn’t mean he isn’t a P.I.T.A. who expects special treatment.

  16. Truth. He’s going to get drafted early. He’s going to have a long successful career. He’s going to make millions. He’s going to be a cancer in the locker room and a pain in the butt for the coaches. Coaches will tolerate his behavior due to his talent until they can’t take it anymore. He will bounce around the league outstaying his welcome everywhere he goes. You don’t play with that type of ferociousness if you don’t have a screw loose. If you want that type of aggressive play, which every team does at the MLB position, you have to tolerate this personality type.

  17. Won’t hurt his draft, there is always a team that looks past potential red flags and looks only at his talent. No doubt several teams took him off their board.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:54 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Mar 5, 2017 5:47 PM
    He sure will, lol.

    Bravo for your very substantive football comment…what a putz.

    Foster has some maturing to do like a lot of Pats fans.

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    Well I don’t know about the drool part, but the fool part is definitely inaccurate. On a daily basis (and usually even more often) you provide ample evidence of that. This story has nothing to do with the Patriots, but it is a good example that you can’t resist trying to connect every story with that team and then use your “fool-logic” to make some inane or negative comment about it.

  19. $10 says that “apology” letter was written by the agent and was the standard form letter agents or PR teams write for athletes. I doubt Foster even saw the letter.

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