The Washington Redskins have claimed former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster off waivers on Tuesday, just days after he was released following an arrest over the past weekend.
Foster was arrested last weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida on suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence battery and released by the 49ers hours later.
Foster’s alleged victim told police that the NFL player slapped her phone out of her hand and then slapped the right side of her face during a verbal altercation. The alleged victim had a one-inch scratch on her left collarbone, according to the police report.
The alleged victim is in a relationship with Foster and previously acused him of domestic violence in February 2018 before recanting her story.
A hugely talented athlete, Foster, a star at the University of Alabama, was selected by the 49ers with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, he only played 16 games with the 49ers due to repeated run-ins with the law, including the February incident in California, where he was initially charged with domestic violence, weapons possession, and making criminal threats — all felony offenses.
When the girlfriend recanted her accusations, Foster was cleared, apart from the weapons possession charge, which Foster pled no-contest to after it was reduced to a misdemeanor.
In January 2018 Foster was charged with second-degree marijuana possession in Alabama, an allegation that was dismissed after he completed a diversion course for first-time offenders.
Foster is currently serving a two-year probationary sentence.
It is certainly possible that Foster will face punishment for the new allegations of domestic violence, so it is unknown when, if ever, he will take the field for the Washington Redskins.