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SportJason Witten tries to square criticizing Reuben Foster after embracing Greg Hardy

16:15  06 december  2018
16:15  06 december  2018 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Jason Witten crushes Redskins for claiming Reuben Foster

Jason Witten crushes Redskins for claiming Reuben Foster Jason Witten made clear how he feels about the Washington Redskins claiming Reuben Foster off waivers. During the second half of “Monday Night Football” between the Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles, the ESPN broadcast crew had a discussion about domestic violence. Analyst Booger McFarland stressed that domestic violence is a societal problem, while Witten crushed Washington for adding Foster after the 49ers cut him over his arrest last week for suspected domestic violence. When asked if Washington should have claimed the linebacker, Witten did not mince words. “A hundred percent, no. I believe the Washington Redskins used horrendous judgment in claiming this guy.

It Was Odd for ESPN to Run Jason Witten 's Reuben Foster Commentary During Game Action, and Omit Greg Hardy . ESPN’s Monday Night Football had Philadelphia-Washington, and it was thus unavoidable that they’d have to address the Skins claiming Reuben Foster off waivers after he was

Jason Witten critical of Redskins' decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers. Later, Witten added: "The NFL takes a lot of criticism , but I do know they're working to educate While with the Cowboys, Witten played alongside two players who were accused of violence against women, Greg Hardy and

Jason Witten tries to square criticizing Reuben Foster after embracing Greg Hardy© Provided by Oath Inc. Now with ESPN, Jason Witten says his criticism of domestic abusers is what he truly believes. (AP Photo)

Former Cowboys tight end Jason Witten faced one of the defining moments of his young broadcasting career on Monday when he addressed the Washington Redskins’ widely criticized acquisition of linebacker Reuben Foster, who was released from the San Francisco 49ers after multiple arrests for domestic violence.

Witten did not hold back.

Jason Witten blasts Redskins’ Reuben Foster signing

The Monday Night Football commentator lambasted Washington’s decision to claim Foster and that young players like Foster had to learn there is zero tolerance for violence against women in the league.

Redskins claim Reuben Foster off waivers

Redskins claim Reuben Foster off waivers Linebacker Reuben Foster, whom the San Francisco 49ers cut Sunday after a domestic violence allegation, has been claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins. Per source, #Redskins claimed Reuben Foster off waivers…. Interesting. — Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) November 27, 2018 Foster was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in advance of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Foster was arrested at about 9 p.m. Saturday and was cut from the team about 12 hours later.

After he was asked by Joe Tessitore if the Skins should’ve taken a chance on Foster – Jason Witten replied, “100% no. Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that Tags: Greg Hardy , Jason Witten , Reuben Foster

Jason Witten was downright PISSED the Redskins claimed Reuben Foster after TWO allegations of domestic violence saying Witten opened himself up for criticism -- 'cause he didn't have as strong of takes on ex-Dallas teammates Greg Hardy and Ezekiel Elliott when they faced similar accusations.

Via The Washington Post:

“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’s 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.”

Witten would later emphasize the importance of players understanding they have the resources to break the cycle of domestic violence and to “use that as a platform to be different.”

Jason Witten’s comments receive some blowback

While these comments were warmly received by many, Robert Littal of Black Sports Online wasn’t so approving. In a column posted on Tuesday, Littal blasted Witten for condemning Foster after welcoming Greg Hardy, one of the NFL’s most infamous domestic violence offenders, onto the Cowboys only three years ago.

Washington vows not to play Reuben Foster until legal process concludes

Washington vows not to play Reuben Foster until legal process concludes Although linebacker Reuben Foster was claimed on waivers by Washington today, the team says it will not play him until charges stemming from his recent domestic violence arrest are resolved. “Today we have claimed the rights to LB Reuben Foster,” Senior V.P. of Player Personnel Doug Williams said in a statement. “The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben. If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone.

Credit to ESPN for covering the Reuben Foster signing during the fourth quarter. But Witten also opened himself up to criticism over the comments due to his public acceptance of Greg Hardy "Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he's

Reuben Foster (born April 4, 1994) is an American football inside linebacker for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL).

Witten was a long-time captain of the Cowboys at the time of Dallas’ Hardy signing, a time in which he commended Hardy and avoided passing judgement on the defensive end’s off-field activities.

“He said the Redskins used horrendous judgment in signing Foster, so what does that make the Cowboys?” Littal wrote. “What Witten didn’t do is address why he was so accepting of Hardy. He didn’t have to go out of his way to praise Hardy … If Witten didn’t feel this way, that would mean he is a liar, but beyond that, he was willing to put his morals aside to appease Jerry Jones and frankly that might be worse than the hypocrisy of his comments.”

Witten isn’t the only Cowboys figure to condemn domestic violence today while leaving out past comments about Hardy, who is now being welcomed with open arms by the UFC. Cowboys Jerry Jones also had a convenient case of memory loss in a radio interview Tuesday.

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Witten didn’t mention Hardy ’s name during Monday’s broadcast, and Tessitore didn’t ask him about his former teammate. “The NFL takes a lot of criticism 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

ESPN’s Jason Witten made strong statements on “Monday Night Football,” saying Washington used “horrendous judgment” in picking up Reuben Foster after Witten said Washington should not have signed Foster , but was never asked about his own Cowboys, in 2015, bringing in Greg Hardy , who

Jason Witten addresses contrast between Greg Hardy and Reuben Foster comments

Near the end of the column, Littal said Witten needed to explain himself for his “hypocrisy.” Witten did so Wednesday morning on Twitter:

So Witten put forward a small admission that he might have went too far in his public welcome of Hardy, while also stating that he privately disagreed with the Cowboys’ decision-makers. Apparently, what Witten said on Monday were his true thoughts.

In case you need a refresher on what Witten says he didn’t mean about Hardy, here’s a collection from the Dallas Morning News:

“I think everybody knows [my view on] domestic violence. That’s unwavering, ” Witten said Sunday during one of his annual football ProCamps at Liberty Christian School. “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 from that standpoint of as Coach Garrett says, it’s our job to invite those guys in and then create a standard of how we do things. I think he’s done a great job since he’s been here.”

49ers release Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest

49ers release Reuben Foster after domestic violence arrest The San Francisco 49ers announced the release of former first-round linebacker Reuben Foster after he was arrested on a domestic violence charge Saturday night. 

Reuben Foster charged with felony domestic violence after allegedly rupturing girlfriend's ear drum. Foster exited San Jose's Hall of Justice with Sherman and Tartt after the short hearing concluded. Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested on Sept.

Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten talks Greg Hardy joining team. When the Dallas Cowboys signed Greg Hardy , it caused a lot of people to question the move and many criticized the Cowboys decision to sign a man accused of some horrendous things. While the talking heads on TV as well as many fans have

“It’s not my job to decide who comes and who doesn’t,” Witten said. “I’m a tight end. But I’ve been really pleased with how he’s approached it and how he goes to work and what kind of teammate he’s been. The day he got suspended, the next day he was in there working out, so I think that’s kind of the mentality he has, what kind of work ethic and what he’s trying to prove here in Dallas.”

“The guy works his tail off,” Witten said. “I think our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that you want. He’s a hard worker. Obviously he’s a talented player. I think he’s learned a lot from what he’s gone through in the last year.”

Those are obviously some pretty awful comments in retrospect, right down to saying that Hardy had “gone through” something in place of what he actually did. Witten obviously conceded Wednesday that he probably “went too far” in welcoming Hardy, but that might have been an understatement.

Should Witten be given a pass for his Greg Hardy comments?

The prevailing theme of Witten’s old comments are simple enough: it wasn’t his decision to make, he understands the evil of domestic violence, he’s only seen good things from Hardy himself, it’s his job to keep the team undivided. Of course, that was the problem, wasn’t it? People treating a football team’s interests as more important than human decency?

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Jason Witten is willing to move forward with Greg Hardy . Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten has a long history with domestic violence. Our job is to welcome him and show him the way we do things and embrace him as a teammate, and he’s done everything that you want.

I realize criticism doesn’t always come gently, from someone legitimately trying to help. A lot of the feedback we receive is unsolicited and doesn’t come It’s not easy to take an honest look at yourself and your weaknesses, but you can only grow if you’re willing to try . 2. Learning from criticism allows

This is all so familiar, right down to what some members of the Redskins organization have said about Foster.

Chris Thompson said something quite similar to Witten; that the decision was made by head coach Jay Gruden and president Bruce Allen, that Foster had made mistakes and that he would focus on embracing the linebacker as his teammate.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who played with Foster at Alabama, said the decision was “above” him and that he was “glad” to have Foster as a teammate. You can only wonder if they might be in Witten’s spot in a few years, saying that they were only trying to help the team and are now ready to truly condemn domestic violence.

Witten might be saying the right things now, but it sure would have been nice if he had just no-commented on Hardy in the first place, like Littal suggested, and avoided helping accept an alleged domestic abuser back into the NFL with publicly open arms.

In his Monday night comments, Witten talked about how domestic violence was a cycle that needs to be broken. He might have already missed his own chance to break a cycle of domestic violence discourse in the locker rooms of the NFL.

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