When the Washington Redskins claimed controversial linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers Tuesday, senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams cited conversations with a few former Alabama teammates currently on the roster.
On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen said they never discussed Foster with any member of Washington’s front office.
On Thursday, while making his weekly appearance on a local radio show, Williams admitted he did not talk with all of Foster’s college teammates currently on the roster.
“We didn’t hold a convention,” Williams said during his appearance on The Team 980 on Thursday. “It wasn’t like we talked to all five. The ones we did talk to knew him very well.”
Besides Clinton-Dix and Allen, Washington’s roster contains three former Alabama teammates of Foster in linebackers Ryan Anderson and Shaun Dion Hamilton along with defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne.
Foster has a charge of misdemeanor domestic violence pending as the result of an alleged incident on Saturday before San Francisco’s game in Tampa Bay. Foster will not be permitted to practice or play in games for the Redskins until further notice because the NFL placed him on the Commissioner’s Exempt List while the league reviews his arrest.
If charges are filed, a suspension could be imposed.
If he becomes available to play, Foster gives the Redskins a quality defensive player who was a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He started 10 games for the 49ers last season and six this year, when he recorded 29 total tackles.
However, Foster has been accused of domestic violence on multiple occasions, which could cause an unfavorable reaction from the public.