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Jason Witten says the Redskins 'used horrendous judgment' in claiming Reuben Foster


Jason Witten before a "Monday Night Football" game last month. (Ron Jenkins / AP)

"Monday, December 28th, 2012" Monday, September 26th, 2012 Monday, December 1, 2012 Monday, December 26th, 2012 The Reuben Foster off waivers last week. Play-by-play Joe Tessitore asked color analyst Jason Witten if the Redskins should have taken a chance on linebacker, who was released by the 49ers after being arrested on a domestic violence charge, Foster's third arrest in the last year.

"One hundred percent no," Witten said. "I believe the Washington Redskins used horrendous judgment in claiming this guy. And I understand that it's an ongoing investigation. But my family has been affected by domestic violence. I understand the anguish that it causes. And you know, young players just have to understand that there is No. tolerance for putting your hands on a woman. Period. "

"I completely agree with you, Witt," fellow analyst Booger McFarland said. "Under no circumstances should you ever get your hand on a woman. None whatsoever. And I think the NFL needs more domestic violence. Make the punishment [work]. Make it something that if it does come up, that the NFL will punish you so bad that you do not want to be involved with it anymore. I think that's the only way you're gonna be able to get rid of this. "

The Redskins were the only team to a waiver claim on Foster. The NFL Responded by the 2017 first-round draft pick on the commissioner's list, making him ineligible to play until the league makes a final disciplinary ruling in his case.

During his career with the Cowboys, Witten was seemingly less opposed to Dallas's decision to sign Greg Hardy, who was suspended after studying the game.

"I think everybody knows [my view on] Domestic Violence, "Witten told reporters when asked about Hardy's controversial signing in 2015." That's unwavering. That's something that I lived, my family lived. But that guy is a teammate of mine, so I think you have to look at it as a standpoint of a coach [Jason] Garrett says, it's our job to invite those guys to a standard of how we do things. I think he's done a great job since he's been here. "

Witten did not mention Hardy 's name during Monday' s broadcast, and Tessitore did not ask him about his form teammate.

"The NFL takes a lot of criticism, but I know they're working to educate you, to provide you with the services you need, to understand that you know what, whatever you've experienced in your life, A chance to change that, "Witten said in the fourth quarter, returning to his discussion of Foster. "And break that cycle, and use as a platform to be different. And I think we have to understand that, and what we're seeing around the league: there's no tolerance for it. There can not be. It has to be unwavering. And I just think it feels the wrong message when the Redskins claimed Reuben Foster, and I said, I understand it's ongoing, but this is not our first time with this happening. "

"You know, we talk about domestic violence in the NFL like it's an NFL problem," McFarland said. "It's not. It's a societal problem, and if the NFL really wants to go away with it in their league, they're going to have to figure out a lot of punishment. That way the Redskins, or any other team, will not feel comfortable in taking the risk and dealing with the public outcry. They feel comfortable that they know what happened in the situation down in Tampa; that they're willing to do that and take that risk, because of that [comfort] of maybe getting a player on the back end. That's the only way you're going to get rid of it. But it's not just an NFL problem, guys. It's a societal problem, and I think Roger Goodell and everyone at 345 Park Avenue have made the policy and the punishment a lot tougher. "

USA Today reported that the Redskins did not contact Tampa police for details about Foster's arrest before claiming him last Tuesday, and the lawyer for Foster's accusing said nor he nor his client were contacted by the Redskins. On Monday Night Countdown ahead of Monday's game, ESPN's Lisa Salters said she spoke with Redskins president Bruce Allen about the team's decision to claim Foster. Salters said Allen, who told the Redskins would get some criticism, but "they did their own investigation of spells."

"They wanted to know what happened," said Salters, recapping her conversation with Allen from Sunday night. "They talked to people in Tampa, and felt comfortable that they heard another story of the Reuben

Salters said she asked Allen, "How great does Reuben Foster have to be on the field to outweigh the bad PR that you are getting right now and will forever be around your team?"

"I do not know," Allen replied.

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