National Football League, Redskins, Ray Rice discussed on This Morning with Gordon Deal
To sign Ruben foster troubled linebacker, arrested twice this year on domestic violence charges. Put the team at the center of a debate over what whether the NFL is doing enough to curb the abuse of women by players the league is at an inconsistent approach to the issue. It's a story by sports reporter Adams Lanka at the Washington Times. Adam what's being said that Williams? Former Redskins quarterback Nassar senior vice president player personnel. Put out a statement Tuesday night accompanying foster news, basically saying there's no guarantees ever gonna play for us. We want to give you we're going to continue to look into these allegations as our law enforcement and the National Football League. And he will have to do a lot for ever gets put on a red. But they went after it because move wanted his right and the next day. Jay Gruden head coaching team said pretty much the same thing. He was the one that team trotted out to have. Fueled questions the media that why they would find foster willing to speak directly media. Neither did team owner. Dan, Snyder, new general manager Bruce Allen who would have had been hands. And and making the decision as front office people speak with Adams along a sports reporter at the Washington Times story, they have running entitled NFL still grapples with domestic violence in the metoo and post Ray rice era. The story has been revived recently because the Redskins have signed Ruben foster who was cut by the San Francisco forty Niners after a domestic violence arrest. Where does this story go from here because there was one line in your piece where it was in the in the opening paragraph were mentioned the debate over whether the NFL is doing enough to curb the abuse of women by players is this the NFL's problem? I guess. Bundle. They're supposed to do something here. But I know what's next. To say what's next because we're we're looking at this now from perspective of three years ago. Baltimore Ravens running back. Ray rice made national headlines not just in the sports pages. But across the country. When video came out from him knocking out his fiancee at the time in an elevator. And. Rewrite that are played in the NFL again. And he was a talented young running back and the NFL was forced to take the issue domestic violence more seriously. There's the database that we from USA today. It shows that since two thousand one hundred and eleven arrests of NFL players through domestic violence charges that varying degrees. Domestic abuse that some charges been dropped later. But just purely the arrest one hundred and eleven which is a large number. Yeah. Rice, the NFL put in a policy that there will be an automatic six game suspension for people who are suspected of with with credible reasoning. Domestic violence. But that's six game suspension is rarely ever enforced in the in the years since then. By my count. Only one person Ezekiel Elliott has actually been. The full six game. Some people who aren't getting bargain to like Jameis Winston. Did. He only got three games. Okay. And some people just have been getting one game or two games for dairy similar instances to rice. That's why you want to look at what the NFL might need to redress and maybe look in the mirror some people. When foster was signed. We're not mad only at the Redskins. But also league as a whole with what do the advocates say, I know you talked to a couple of is there a feeling that that these guys should never work in the NFL again. I mean, this is what they do. Right. This is our job. But I don't know what the what the right balance is do you? You did the let's say you're proven guilty. You did. Crime. You do the time. Should you not be allowed back in? They were mainly upset and frustrated by the fact that the team would move so quickly to find somebody who was arrested before all the facts are out there. Because in one token. Yeah, we don't know exactly who is guilty of what at the moment. But on the other hand, why would you take that chance and move so quickly because you precisely because you don't know and says it they did some investigating themselves. They claimed that they talked to several of boxers who makes his college team at university of Alabama played for the Redskins. Okay. If I remember correctly seven in addition to foster from Alabama on the Redskins, and they said that they were overwhelmingly supportive of the team taking a champion Reuben foster. But when we got to speak to some players in the locker room, namely Jonathan Allen and Clinton Dix people said that the team did not approach specifically declined to comment. Adam Adam Salunke sports reporter at the Washington Times twenty minutes now in front of the hour on This Morning, America's first news..