Chris Carlin: Why Isn't There More Outrage About Reuben Foster?

Carlin, Maggie & Bart
November 28, 2018 - 3:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WFAN) -- WFAN host Chris Carlin had a strong reaction to the Redskins' decision to claim former 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster on Tuesday, days after his arrest on a domestic violence charge.

"When the news came down that the Washington Redskins claimed Reuben Foster, I was in the car, and I was so angry and just sickened," Carlin said in the closing moments of Wednesday's "Carlin, Maggie and Bart" show.

Carlin said there's an imbalance to the reaction of football fans when it comes to domestic violence versus protesting during the national anthem.

"Why is it that a domestic abuser gets a fourth and fifth opportunity?" Carlin said. "Here's why: Because that doesn't rile up a fan base. What riles up a fan base apparently is kneeling for the national anthem. If Reuben Foster had kneeled for the national anthem, nobody would touch him with a 10-foot pole. 

"Why is it that, that doesn't bother men more? Why is it that sponsors who were threatening to pull out when teams were talking about signing Colin Kaepernick are not threatening to pull out on the Washington Redskins right now? Why is that? 

"I'm sorry, but no matter what your political beliefs are, beating up a woman is a hell of a lot worse than exercising your First Amendment right. I don't care if you're Republican or Democrat. I would love for whoever our president was, when he gets up there and says they should take the son of a bitch off the field that didn't stand for the anthem, how about this: They should take the son of a bitch off the field who beats up his girlfriend or wife. That would be nice." 

Foster was arrested Saturday night for an incident at the 49ers' team hotel in Tampa, and he was released the next morning before their game against the Buccaneers. Reports emerged later Sunday that police had been called on Oct. 12 for another incident between Foster and the woman in Santa Clara, California. The 2017 first-round draft pick is charged with suspicion of misdemeanor domestic violence battery

On the same day Foster was claimed by the Redskins, the NFL put him on the Commissioner Exempt list, and he can't practice or attend games while the league continues to review his situation. It was not immediately clear if or when Foster would report to the Redskins' facility, where he is allowed to be for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation and other non-football activities.

"The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben," Washington senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said in a statement. "If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone.

"Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the burgundy and gold as a player."

To listen to Carlin's full commentary on the situation, as well as from his co-hosts, Maggie Gray and Bart Scott, click on the audio player above.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.