Much was made of Vice President Mike Pence walking out of the Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers football game earlier this year after witnessing players on both sidelines kneeling during the performance of our national anthem.
The same sports writers who had vociferously defended the right of overpaid athletes to use the Star-Spangled Banner as a springboard for their political statements decried the Vice President using the Star-Spangled Banner as a springboard for his political statement.
And now that moment has resurfaced in the American consciousness after word broke that one of those overpaid athletes who was likely among the 49ers players kneeling that day, Linebacker Reuben Foster, has been arrested for domestic violence.
Reuben Foster, the 49ers’ inside linebacker, was arrested Sunday on charges of domestic violence, threats and possession of an assault weapon, police said.
This is Foster’s second arrest within a month. He was taken into custody on Jan. 12 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., for second-degree marijuana possession, meaning it’s for personal use, a Class A misdemeanor in the state.
A news release from the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department said Foster, 23, was arrested [and] held on $75,000 bail, according to Santa Clara County Jail booking records.
It doesn’t take a right-wing fanatic to see the irony: a man supposedly being so concerned about the brutality of police that he feels obligated to offend the veterans and fans who pay his salary, not being concerned at all about the brutality he is unleashing on his own live-in girlfriend.
It remains to be seen if many of those socially-conscious sports writers defending the public demonstrations of men like Foster will be socially-conscious enough to spill any ink on this story. Given that they continue treating as a hero the instigator of the anthem kneeling, a man who honors cop-killers and demeans the law enforcement community as pigs, I’m guessing this story won’t top their list.