Doug Williams admits Washington didn’t talk to all former Reuben Foster teammates

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On Tuesday, Washington justified its decision to make a waivers claim for linebacker Reuben Foster by declaring that the powers-that-be spoke to Foster’s former Alabama teammates who currently play for the team. On Wednesday, it became clear that 40 percent of them weren’t contacted.

So what really happened?

We didn’t hold a convention,” senior V.P. of player personnel Doug Williams told The Team 980 on Thursday. “It wasn’t like we talked to all five. . . . The ones we did talk to knew him very well.”

Here’s the quote from the P.R.-driven press release aimed at explaining the move to give safe harbor to a player who has been accused twice this year of domestic violence: “[W]e decided to investigate the situation with Reuben further by claiming his rights after candid conversations with a number of his ex-Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who were overwhelmingly supportive of us taking this chance.”

Technically, the statement is true and accurate. Still, why not talk to all five? How hard would that have been? What if one of the players to whom the team didn’t speak would have said something like, “Off the record, none of this surprises me”?

The fact that the team didn’t talk to all five underscores the reality that Washington simply took a blind flier on Foster, squatting on his rights and paying him more than $250,000 for dibs on his services in 2019, if/when he’s cleared to play. And it also shows that they did the absolute bare minimum to explore Foster’s true character before adding him to the team, opting instead to defer the bulk of the research to the days, weeks, and months to come.

The NFL can’t be happy with that. The story dominated sports and non-sports news on Wednesday, showing up in morning shows and nightly news and otherwise making the league seem insensitive to the scourge of domestic violence.

67 responses to “Doug Williams admits Washington didn’t talk to all former Reuben Foster teammates

  1. It’s amazing how badly the Redskins have messed this up. If you’re going to get a guy like Reuben off waivers just stick to those guns. They’re just making themselves look incompetent on top of out of touch.

  2. It’s beyond sickening. That the NFL didn’t even block the Redskins from even claiming him shows such a disconnect to domestic violence (multiple times in this case) and that it’s ok to still be employed . Black eye for a league that has so many of them.

  3. I mean….the guy’s scumbag, but we’re trying to put together a competitive football team here, not a church choir. You can be a mass murderer for all I care, as long as you don’t kill anyone with the team and don’t catch a case while you’re here. It’s not a morality contest, all that should matter is “can he play?” and “is he available to take the field?” If you think he’ll be suspended or in jail, that’s fine, I get that. But I’ll take anyone on a team who can play and won’t cause an issue with teammates and coaches, bad guy or not. You can bury the guy under the jail, I wouldn’t argue, but until that day comes, it’s a simple equation of if he can help you win or not. Charles Barkley ain’t your kids’ role model, and neither should this guy.

  4. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, PLEASE don’t look to the NFL to calibrate your moral compass. There are thousands of men and women employed by the NFL who do great work in their communities and should be looked up to, but when the dust settles winning and making money is all they care about.

    We’ve seen it time and time again that if a player is good enough the owners/gm’s are willing to overlook ANYTHING if it means W’s and dollar signs.

  5. VP Doug Williams on talking to the #Alabama players on the team about #Reuben Foster – “We didn’t hold a convention…it wasn’t like we talked to all five…the ones we did talk to knew him very well…”

  6. Misleading headline. Washington never claimed they talked to all of Foster’s teammates from Alabama. Their initial statement was that they talked to “a number of” them, i.e., some but not all. The latest statement from Doug Williams is fully consistent with that. Williams’ statement wasn’t an admission but a reiteration of what the team said previously.

    It’s easy to understand why most teams passed on Foster. It’s still not entirely clear how much of an inquiry Washington made. I’m not sure it’s fair to say they did that they took a “blind flier” or to speculate about what others might have said about Foster. In any case, they now have plenty of time to do their research on him.

  7. What if………she isn’t telling the truth?
    What if………he didn’t do it?

    Granted, I wouldn’t want him on my team (If I’m a GM) b/c of poor decision making. If you’ve already been down this road w/her & you keep her around…you might be too dumb to play for my team.

  8. Ozzie Newsome is pretty in tuned with Alabama players. If he didn’t want Foster then I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

    He’s a helluva player when focused though. Just thinking from another team’s perspective.

  9. I don’t much like Foster and would not want him on my team. But play this out — where is the headed? Does anyone really believe that Foster is going to receive a lifetime ban for hitting a phone out of his girlfriend hand and related misdemeanor conduct? No way. No how. A bunch of guys did a lot worst and are playing (Dixon, Hill.) If you accept that Foster is not going to be subject to a lifetime ban, why shouldn’t the Redskins jump to the front of the line and be in a position to put him on the field when he can play? I don’t see the Chiefs regretting their decision to draft T. Hill — but 31 other teams regret passing on him in the draft.

  10. “The NFL can’t be happy with that.”
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    Then they should have prohibited teams from claiming him. If Goodell didn’t want some dumb front office shooting themselves (and the league as a whole) in the foot on this issue then it was up to the $40-million-a-year man to set parameters to keep that from happening. And why would Dan Snyder care, like even a little bit, if the NFL was happy with him? It’s not a punishable offense and missing out on the Goodell family Christmas card can’t be THAT traumatic, can it?

  11. “And it also shows that they did the absolute bare minimum to explore Foster’s true character before adding him to the team, opting instead to defer the bulk of the research to the days, weeks, and months to come.”
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    Ridiculous. You snooze, you lose. It’s a “first-come, first serve” waiver process – either you claim the guy or some other team might jump ahead of you. You don’t have a few days, let alone “weeks or months” to investigate. As it only cost $250k, make the claim and if you don’t like him, it’s pretty cheap to dump him after.

  12. Really, what are his former teammates supposed to say? I didn’t like him, he’s a terrible locker room guy, don’t touch him because he’ll never turn it around? Washington spun it the way that put them in the best light but maybe not in the correct one. Nothing wrong with that, but as sports fans we know what’s going on and can see through it.

  13. northeastkiller says: “Hey league – “in cases of criminal proceedings, players become eligible to be added through waivers after the situation has been resolved.” How hard is that as a policy?”
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    Then you’re creating an unequal treatment of players. What if the player wasn’t cut by the team but also going through criminal proceedings? Are you going to force that team to release that player too and not be able to be picked up by another team?

    A team might want to rehabilitate a player first (treatment, counselling, etc.) but Foster was already warned by 49ers as this was the second incident.

  14. phillytailgater says:
    November 29, 2018 at 11:41 am
    It’s beyond sickening. That the NFL didn’t even block the Redskins from even claiming him shows such a disconnect to domestic violence (multiple times in this case) and that it’s ok to still be employed .
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    Please explain how the league COULD block a team from claiming him?

  15. AutonomousThinker7 says: “So you didn’t talk to his former teammates and you didn’t even call the police to speak with them? No wonder this team has been so inept”
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    Curious — why would the police EVER tell a third-party business (ie Redskins) anything related to the case, other that the basic stuff already released to the public? Do the Florida police have some kind of civic obligation to reveal inside details to NFL teams?

  16. So lil Danny Snyder has now turned a super bowl hero qb into a
    half truth telling guy who wont even say it like it is and tries to misrepresent
    the ‘research’ they did before signing Foster.
    Danny Snyder has ruined one of what was, a very prestigious professional organization from top to bottom when mr cooke was there.
    Lil Danny has alienated his entire fan base with his idiot moron moves with players,coaches and Upper Mgmt.
    He is a complete dumpster fire excuse for an owner.
    Im ashamed

  17. Please explain how the league COULD block a team from claiming him?
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    by not allowing teams to claim him on waivers…not rocket science here.

  18. @49ersfury says:
    November 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm
    Ozzie Newsome is pretty in tuned with Alabama players. If he didn’t want Foster then I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole.

    He’s a helluva player when focused though. Just thinking from another team’s perspective.
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    You really think Ozzie and the Ravens would want to step into this mess after finally seeming to have shaken the Ray Rice saga?

  19. Nothing like getting character affirmation from former teammates that were teenagers at the time…Ronald Darby/Jameis Winson

  20. It stinks that this is an Allen “mastermind” yet Williams and Gruden are the ones who have to go out and speak for it. Where are Allen’s public comments? There are none. That’s the team president we have.

    Of course if Allen did have a press conference about Foster he’d probably spend the whole time calling him Rudy.

  21. Another depressing story in the Snyder trail of tears ownership. More depressing is that a lot of desperate-for-wins fans support the move.

  22. OMG really Florio?
    The Redskins already had a book on Foster, and they asked a few of his former teammates for their input.
    Does the media ask EVERYONE associated with a certain person of interest? No, absolutely not (see Clinton, Hillary and Obama, Emperor Barack).
    If no team signed Foster, PFT/ESPN would cry “collusion”.
    If a team did claim Foster, then they are the most evil team ever.
    The media cannot have it both ways!

  23. You all FORGET that Foster has UNION protection!
    So if the NFL did prohibit teams from claiming him, then the NFL will face a lawsuit from the NFLPA AND ridiculously biased coverage from the media that favors poor innocent Reuben Foster who has suddenly been blackballed out of the NFL.
    UNIONs protect the employees who do the worst stuff.
    Why do ya’ll never remember this?
    Foster is evil, the NFL and the Redskins are not.

  24. I love all the winning moves lil Danny Snyder has done since becoming the Redskins owner. He’s almost like Jerry Jones minus the SB rings.

  25. “Doug Williams. Nuff said.”
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    Doug Williams is a class act all the way. At Grambling when they didn’t have any money for the football program he was paying for stuff out of his own pocket. How many coaches would have done that?

  26. It’s not exactly true that no other team wanted Foster….Teams make waiver claims in order, the worst ranked team in the NFL at the time a guy is waived has first opportunity to claim the player. So there were surely several teams that passed on him, but there were also several teams behind Washington in line, so to speak. I’d almost bet that someone would have claimed this guy’s rights, just in case this turns out to be a BS case and he’s free to play next year.

    As someone else said, when some coaches do this stuff, they get praised for being open-minded and giving a poor kid a second chance.

  27. I like Williams and Gruden and I think most Washington fans do. You have to realize that overcoming the organizational dysfunction to go .500 in Washington is like going .650 in a normal organization.

  28. Memo to the Redskins: Stop talking about it! You can’t say anything to quell the fake outrage and moral grandstanding.

    Don’t say anything, and in a week the SJWs and talking heads in the media will find something new to be upset about.

    Hire me for your PR team, Washington. This isn’t complicated stuff.

  29. @PFT’s Most Censored says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    Chris Carter Approves As so does Mike Vick..

    They let these guys back in but not Kap?
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    Mike Vick spent significant time in the federal prison. He spent more time in jail than the white Stanford student caught in the act of committing a rape. If jail is supposed to rehabilitate a prisoner, consider Vick a success story. Chris Carter abused drugs and alchohol 30 years ago. Kap’s only offense is that he offended people, which is not a crime. If it were, 45, would be in for LIFE!

  30. @whenwilliteverend says:
    November 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm
    I’d be interested to know if any other team claimed him. My guess is there wasn’t.
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    Apparently no other teams with worse records than Washington put in a claim. After week 3, Waiver claims are done based upon record. So it’s possible teams with better records put in an unsuccessful claim.

  31. 40% of 5 people is 2. Williams talked to a grand total of 2 people when making the decision to sign a very controversial player who beats women. Fantastic stuff there, Doug.

  32. TheGuru says:

    November 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    @PFT’s Most Censored says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    Chris Carter Approves As so does Mike Vick..

    They let these guys back in but not Kap?
    ========================================================================================
    Mike Vick spent significant time in the federal prison. He spent more time in jail than the white Stanford student caught in the act of committing a rape. If jail is supposed to rehabilitate a prisoner, consider Vick a success story. Chris Carter abused drugs and alchohol 30 years ago. Kap’s only offense is that he offended people, which is not a crime. If it were, 45, would be in for LIFE!
    ==================================
    So if I offend my employer by wearing cops are pigs socks, a castro shirt to a presser, etc. you are calling me racist? Everyone here sees the racism you are puking here with the “white guy” thing. This needs to stop.

  33. “They’re just making themselves look incompetent on top of out of touch.”

    A team run by Allen and Snyder is making themselves look incompetent. In other surprising news, water is wet.

  34. …If it were, 45, would be in for LIFE! I see what you did there.
    Foster beats women, repeatedly.
    Our beloved President, the very best since the esteemed President Ronald Reagan, never beat or committed battery on anyone.
    Oh and yes, offending a person is a crime to a certain side of the political spectrum. If they are offended by someone or something, the offendee might not be arrested and thrown in jail, but the left will make sure that that the offendee’s life is destroyed (e.g. fired, loses home, family, potential employers are shamed for daring to consider employing the offendee). Unless of course you have a “- D” after your last name, then you can get away with ANYTHING.

  35. whatswrongwithmomsbasement says:
    November 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    TheGuru says:

    November 29, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    @PFT’s Most Censored says:
    November 29, 2018 at 2:58 pm
    Chris Carter Approves As so does Mike Vick..

    They let these guys back in but not Kap?
    ========================================================================================
    Mike Vick spent significant time in the federal prison. He spent more time in jail than the white Stanford student caught in the act of committing a rape. If jail is supposed to rehabilitate a prisoner, consider Vick a success story. Chris Carter abused drugs and alchohol 30 years ago. Kap’s only offense is that he offended people, which is not a crime. If it were, 45, would be in for LIFE!
    ==================================
    So if I offend my employer by wearing cops are pigs socks, a castro shirt to a presser, etc. you are calling me racist? Everyone here sees the racism you are puking here with the “white guy” thing. This needs to stop.

    When you only have one card in your hand, that’s the one you play. I recall that long ago it was OK to say , “black guy this, or black guy that” and get away with it. Now the tables have turned. Some see this as a “make up call” where they now have freedom to do all those things that they have been telling us for years were wrong and disgraceful. It’s not any longer, and hasn’t been for a long time, about equality, it’s about payback. The sooner this is accepted, the sooner you can get on with dealing with our new reality, ’cause it ain’t changin’ anytime soon.

  36. whatswrongwithmomsbasement says:
    November 29, 2018 at 4:08 pm
    Mike Vick in my opinion is a success story. Chris Carter had a “fall guy”. Kap just offended the entire country. You are ok with that?
    ______________________

    Umm, no. Kaep did NOT offend the entire country – just SJW white folks (and there’s a lot of them).

  37. @dryzzt23

    Ivana Trump says differently. She accused Donald of raping her. They divorce was granted for “cruel and inhumane” treatment and a gag order requires he to get permission from Donald before she can speak about their marriage.

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