The Washington Redskins are under a microscope after claiming former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers earlier this week.
The decision to pick up Foster days after he was arrested on domestic violence allegations has created a fire storm around the NFL. It’s Foster’s second arrest on like allegations over the past calendar year. Sandwiched in between them, he was also charged with both gun and marijuana possession.
San Francisco’s decision to waive Foster wasn’t surprising. Instead, Washington’s explanation for claiming him has become more absurd by the hour.
In talking about said decision, Senior Vice President Doug Williams provided a rather ridiculous quote.
Williams on the larger moment: "“We’ve got people who are in high, high, high, high places that have done far worse, and if you look at it realistically, they’re still up there,” he said. “This is small potatoes [compared to] a lot of things out there."
— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) November 29, 2018
Who exactly is Williams talking about here? He’s in D.C., so that could’ve been a knock at a certain politician. But to call domestic violence allegations “small potatoes” is absolutely ridiculous.
It’s just a continuation of a trend we’ve seen around the NFL. Teams value talent over character. Foster and the Redskins are the latest example of this. And it’s a horrible look.