ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins government Doug Williams apologized for comments he made concerning linebacker Reuben Foster that have been criticized for being insensitive.
The Redskins claimed Foster off waivers Tuesday, three days after he was arrested and charged with home violence in Tampa, Florida. The San Francisco 49ers launched him Sunday. Related prices towards Foster have been dropped earlier this yr.
Williams didn’t learn from a ready textual content and didn’t reply any questions after his 80-second assertion. He had caught warmth each inside and outdoors the group, sources informed ESPN, after comments he made to The Group 980 throughout his weekly interview with the workforce’s broadcast associate.
“I would like to apologize to the group, my spouse, my mother, my sisters and the six daughters that I’ve,” Williams mentioned. “The final night time or so has been actual robust on me from an emotional standpoint as a result of by no means in my life did I say something so insensitive that I mentioned. I am not going to sit right here and make excuses as a result of there is no such thing as a excuse.
“There’s not lots to say. Not more than the truth that, if you realize me, you’ll perceive rising up, I perceive the local weather and what is going on on. For me to make comments like I did, I would like to apologize to anybody on the market inside earshot, particularly the women of this space, throughout the nation. Like I mentioned, I bought six daughters that, no manner on this planet I’d tolerate something like that. So for me to say one thing like that, I simply need to apologize.”
The Redskins have made it clear they’ll wait for Foster’s scenario to play out, each legally and within the NFL. They mentioned there is no assure Foster ever performs for Washington.
“We bought people who find themselves in excessive, excessive, excessive, excessive locations which have accomplished far worse, in case you have a look at it realistically,” Williams mentioned throughout the radio interview Thursday. “They usually’re nonetheless up there. That is small potatoes [compared to] lots of issues on the market. However on the identical time, it is a huge challenge in America immediately, whether or not or not it is in soccer, whether or not or not it is in on a regular basis life, whether or not or not it is in politics, it is on the market.”
The Redskins spoke to a quantity of individuals about Foster earlier than the 2017 draft, together with his coaches and teammates at Alabama and his highschool coach. The workforce, nevertheless, didn’t speak to the Tampa police.
“We’re within the enterprise of a minimum of trying into [Foster’s case],” Williams mentioned in his radio interview. “I may sit right here, and I won’t, identify a bunch of groups that took on gamers that bought lots of baggage that no one’s saying something about.
“You may’t get into nitpicking what they do and what you do. You gotta have a look at it out of your standpoint. There was lots of thought that went into it. It wasn’t only a spur of the second sort of factor. All of us gathered, we talked about it, we knew there was going to be some risk-reward concerned in it.”