ASHBURN, Va. — Coach Jay Gruden said the Washington Redskins will continue to investigate Reuben Foster‘s legal problems amid the outcry from signing the linebacker following his recent domestic violence arrest.
Gruden added there is “no guarantee” Foster ever plays for Washington.
“We accept, obviously, the questions, but we want to let the process play out and see what happens and get to the bottom of it,” Gruden said Wednesday. “He’s got a lot of work to do, personally, with the team, with the NFL, with himself, before he even thinks about playing football again.”
Foster was arrested Saturday night at the San Francisco 49ers‘ team hotel in Tampa, Florida, and charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence. Washington was the only team to put in a claim for Foster after the 49ers released him Monday.
Niners coach Kyle Shanahan, who was Washington’s offensive coordinator from 2010 to 2013, said he was a bit surprised a team claimed Foster. Gruden said the “team decision” was made to add Foster knowing there would be criticism.
“At the end of the day we decided to make the move, and we’ll deal with the outcry, so to speak,” Gruden said. “But for the most part, this is a young athlete, a young person who got himself into some trouble, and we want to find out exactly what happened.”
Foster reported to the team’s facility on Wednesday to take a physical. He is on the commissioner exempt list and while on it, he cannot practice or attend games.
Gruden said after practice Wednesday the organization did not speak to the victim. He did say the Redskins spoke “a little bit” to Tampa police and would continue to look into Foster’s arrest at the same time as the NFL holds its investigation.
In a statement Tuesday, senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said the Redskins spoke to former Alabama teammates of Foster’s before signing him. Washington has seven other former Alabama players on its roster, and none of the players who spoke to reporters Wednesday acknowledged being asked by president Bruce Allen, Williams or Gruden about Foster.
“I didn’t talk to Bruce or anybody about it,” safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix said. “You’ve got to speak with the organization, the guys that are above me, on that decision. But as a human being, as a person that wants to provide for his family and make the right decisions, just got to learn from your mistakes. … But I’m glad to have Reuben here as a teammate.”