SportsPulse: Signing a person recently arrested on domestic violence charges, without even giving Colin Kaepernick a workout after Alex Smith's injury, tells you all you need to know about how the Redskins handle things .
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Only one NFL team investigated the police department responsible for arresting linebacker Reuben Foster on Saturday – and it was not Washington Redskins, the team that claimed it out of the waivers Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Eagles were the only team to contact the Tampa Police Department for details of Foster's arrest of his son, which led to his release from the San Francisco 49ers, TODAY Sports told USA a person informed of the investigation. The person requested anonymity because of the nature of the discussions.
The Redskins were immediately criticized for claiming Foster, who had also been the victim of domestic violence and other charges following an arrest in northern California earlier this year. Foster was put on the commissioner's exempt list on Tuesday as the NFL was investigating the latest allegations, making him ineligible to play or even practice.
Doug Williams, Senior Vice President of Redskins Player Staff, said in a statement that the team "decided to further investigate the situation with Reuben by claiming his rights after frank conversations with a number of his former Alabama teammates and current Redskins players who supported us by an overwhelming majority taking advantage of this opportunity "
The accuser was his accuser at the Saturday arrest at the hotel before the 49ers played a match against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the incident at Foster's Los Gatos, CA, in February .
The charge of domestic violence stemming from her previous arrest had been dismissed by a Santa Clara County Court Judge (California) after the woman retracted to court. Foster did not plead to challenge the charge of carrying firearms and was placed on probation and required to perform community service.
The incident, along with the arrest of marijuana possession in Alabama, resulted in Foster's suspension for the first two games of the season by the NFL.
His last arrest on Saturday could result in a violation of his probation.
"We are sad, however, not surprised, and explore the legal options," said Jeff Rosen, Santa Clara County Attorney, in a statement to USA TODAY Sports and other points of view. sale. "The cycle of domestic violence is scary and terribly powerful. Every day, our office faces the challenges of survivor protection and criminal accountability of DV perpetrators. As we said when the judge dismissed the case against Mr. Foster: Our commitment to the victims of domestic violence is unwavering. "
USA TODAY Sports does not identify alleged victims of domestic violence.
Police also reacted in an apartment in Santa Clara, California, where she was residing with the same woman, in October, after a neighbor called 911. Foster and the woman said the dispute was not over. had not become physical and that no arrests had been made.
This is not the first time the Redskins have not done due diligence in contacting the authorities before signing a player.
The team signed a three-year contract with receiver DeSean Jackson in April 2014, without addressing the Los Angeles Police Department, after NJ.com released a comprehensive overview of Jackson's relationship with gang members reputed from southern California.
The 49ers and the Oakland Raiders inquired with the Los Angeles police after the Jackson's release of the Jackson, a few minutes after the NJ.com report was released.
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