Doug Williams apologizes for “insensitive” comments about Reuben Foster

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Washington Senior Vice President Doug Williams took a bad situation and made it worse yesterday when he justified the team acquiring linebacker Reuben Foster after the 49ers cut Foster following a domestic violence arrest. Today he tried to make things better.

Yesterday Williams said that plenty of people “have done far worse” than what Foster is accused of doing to a woman in the 49ers’ team hotel, and that compared to some of those worse actions, “this is small potatoes.” Today Williams stepped in front of the media at the team facility and gave a one-minute statement apologizing for those actions.

“I apologize to the organization, my wife, my mom, my sisters and the six daughters that I have,” he said. “Never in my life could I have stated anything so insensitive as I said. I’m not going to sit here and make excuses because there is no excuse.”

Williams’ comments were ineloquent, but it’s unclear why Williams is the one being put out to talk publicly about the team’s decision to add Foster. Owner Dan Snyder or President Bruce Allen should come forward and explain from the team’s perspective why Foster was worth signing. Williams is taking the heat for the move, but the buck should stop at the top of the organization.

32 responses to “Doug Williams apologizes for “insensitive” comments about Reuben Foster

  1. No apology necessary, he was absolutely correct. He probably should’ve kept it to himself, yet regardless he was right.

  2. This is turning into some nightmare for Washington (and deservedly so). No need to claim this guy until after the processes have played out. Now they have gone ahead of the Cowboys on my most disliked team to root against.

  3. lots of backlash for giving someone who has not been convicted a chance for gainful employment. Arrested is not the same as convicted. Foster is presumed guilty by a lot of people and he does not even get a chance to prove his innocence.

  4. He is correct that some guys have done far worse. Its not insensitive to say that. And nobody should be interpreting that to mean that what Foster is accused of isn’t still really horrible in its own right.

  5. Bruce Allen needs to stop hiding behind Williams and face the music. I’m a diehard ‘skins fan and I’m pissed about this move. The cowardice of not answering for it just makes this worse.

  6. If only the NFL, and our dumb culture, took violence against children as seriously as it does (or pretends to do) with violence against adult women.

    Sorry, did I say “violence”? I meant to say, “discipline”. That’s what we all agree to call it, right? Make sit okay? Though funny how you can’t “discipline” an adult without going to jail.

  7. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    November 30, 2018 at 3:30 pm
    What an embarrassment Williams is to the entire Washington organization, unbelievable!
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    Williams was hired in the first place because he probably has as much if not more coin in the Bank Of Fan Goodwill than anyone else in that (dis)organization. Doug Williams made a regrettable statement that may have been fired off in a moment of pique and frustration at having to take one for the team but he’s also lived a life that ought to earn him some slack. Not that an internet troll with countless screen names that has actually trolled obit threads (Rod Rust’s most recently) has any concept of empathy but you could at least try to fake it chip.

  8. Redskins front office: “Lets find the dumbest person in our organization and let him defend our bad move to the media…Hey Doug, wanna give a press conference?”

  9. Batman says:
    November 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    He is correct that some guys have done far worse. Its not insensitive to say that. And nobody should be interpreting that to mean that what Foster is accused of isn’t still really horrible in its own right.
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    Stop being clueless. What Williams said doesn’t work in today’s #MeToo media. Foster is a dummy that can’t stop screwing up and embarrassing the team he plays for and fresh off a DV charge, Williams digs himself a gigantic hole with the “others have done worse” comment. His comments don’t land well at all in any context.

  10. Just another example of when you compromise your ethics, bad things happen to good people. William’s is a good person who’s now under fire all because the Redskins brought this idiot in.

  11. 64impalass says:
    November 30, 2018 at 3:39 pm
    Very unpopular and bold prediction, but I would not be a bit suprised if Jay Gruden resigns.

    15 24 Rate This

    Considering the Louisville job is currently vacant, you could be correct.

  12. Too late for an apology, Doug. Taking back stupid things we say is like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube, it just isn’t happening.
    You said it and it’s what people will remember.
    I’m not condemning anyone for this, because we all say stupid things at times we wish we could take back — me included!
    Heck, Donald Trump and other politicians say stupid things every day!! But I look at what they do, not necessarily what they say, to judge them.

  13. Calling it small potatoes and laughing is disgusting. Would be say that if it was his daughter? Did the redskjns bother to interview the victim?

  14. Thank you MDS for calling out he real culprits in this poor decision. Williams had to learn the hard way that in 2018, “Keepin’ it real” can go wrong real fast.

  15. kevpft says:
    November 30, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    If only the NFL, and our dumb culture, took violence against children as seriously as it does (or pretends to do) with violence against adult women.

    Sorry, did I say “violence”? I meant to say, “discipline”. That’s what we all agree to call it, right? Make sit okay? Though funny how you can’t “discipline” an adult without going to jail.
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    You are right, of course, but I’m not surprised that your comment has 75% downvotes of now. Anyone who thinks assaulting an adult is a terrible crime but physically assaulting children isn’t a crime at all must have a few screws loose. If that applies to 3/4 of the readers here, so be it.

  16. Doug Williams is most ignorant person imaginable. And you wonder why the Redskins are among the worse orgianizations in the NFL. If he worked anywhere else, he’d be fired for his remarks. In Redskin Nation, its just another day

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