Chalk up another point for liberal hypocrisy. One of the NFL players who knelt during the national anthem as a protest against “mistreatment” by America’s police officers ended up in handcuffs on Sunday, after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend and was caught with illegal weapons.
“San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested this weekend for domestic violence and possession of an assault weapon … making this his 2nd arrest in a month,” TMZ Sports reported.
Sacramento Bee sports reporter Matt Barrows confirmed that “Reuben Foster (was) among the eight 49ers who took a knee” during the anthem in October.
Let that sink in: The entire narrative of Colin Kaepernick and other kneelers is that police wrongly profile black men as armed thugs. Foster’s solution to help overcome that supposed stereotype was to… er, become another negative role model for black people by acting like an armed thug.
“According to the Los Gatos Monte Sereno Police Department … Foster was arrested Sunday morning after cops responded to a welfare check and possible disturbance call,” continued TMZ.
“He was booked on three separate charges — domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon,” the celebrity news site said.
If the alleged details of the crimes are accurate, Foster’s days as an NFL star may be numbered. According to The Mercury News, the player’s girlfriend is claiming that he physically dragged her around his home. That could be treated as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on how prosecutors want to proceed.
“The severity of the crime, any injuries, and prior criminal history factor into whether a charge gets reduced to a misdemeanor,” legal expert Steven Clark explained to Mercury News.
Reuben Foster’s assault weapons charge is another nail in the coffin for his career. As a 49ers player, he is of course subject to California’s extremely strict gun laws. While most conservatives believe that those regulations are too tight, they are still the law — and it looks like Foster violated them in several ways at once.
Mercury News stated that at least one of the rifles found in the player’s home was a SIG Sauer 516 short-barreled rifle.
Savvy gun connoisseurs will have already spotted the problem: Not only are “assault weapons” — to borrow the liberal term — illegal in California, but short-barreled rifles are even more restricted under the National Firearms Act.
There’s also the pesky fact that Reuben Foster has at least one previous arrest on his record, which may have precluded him from lawfully owning any guns at all, whether in California or elsewhere.
He’s not the first NFL player to run afoul of the law, and probably not the last. There’s a reason the organization is jokingly called the National Felons League: USA Today’s detailed record of NFL player arrests currently lists 884 incidents since the year 2000.
There are quite a few players from Kaepernick’s former team on that list. “The 49ers hold the dubious distinction of having the most player arrests in the league since 2012 — a total of 17, several of them involving domestic-violence allegations,” Mercury News reported.
This is the problem with anthem kneelers like Kaepernick and Foster in a nutshell: The entire movement is based on a falsehood, and NFL players are squandering any point they might have had by ending up behind bars themselves.
Contrary to the Kaep narrative, the facts actually show that America’s police officers are remarkably color-blind when it comes to race and interactions with the black community.
There is a disparity within crime statistics, but it actually appears that disproportionate rates of African-American crime is the issue that needs to be addressed, not trigger-happy police officers who set out to shoot black men.
If Reuben Foster committed the crimes he’s accused of, the black crime rate is now a few notches higher and the anthem protesters have lost their argument once again. You can’t claim police abuse while illegally armed and throwing your girlfriend across the house.
Foster had a chance to actually rise up and be a positive role model — to actually do something to reverse the stereotype he believes exists. He squandered that opportunity, and the only thing he ended up doing for crime was commit more of it.
Please press “Share on Facebook” if you’re tired of hypocritical athletes who don’t respect the law… or the flag!
Truth and Accuracy
We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.