- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ASHBURN — Coach Jay Gruden stood up for linebacker Mason Foster on Wednesday after the linebacker had a private message leaked in which he disparaged the team and its fan base. 

In the message, Foster told the fan “[expletive] this team and this fan base” and included laughing emojis. He later added he won’t be a scapegoat to “to make fans feel better about all these big money [people] who ain’t playin or getting dogged out.”

Gruden said he discussed the issue with Foster, but didn’t care about the contents of the message. 

“I know what Mason is, I know what he means to this football team, what he’s meant to this football team, and anything he said in a personal message was personal and I really don’t take anything from it,” Gruden said. “I do, however, disagree with that guy posting a private message out on social media. He broke a code there that I don’t agree with. As far as Mason, I have nothing but respect for him as a person and a player.”

Foster did not speak to reporters on Wednesday. 

Foster first joined the Redskins in 2015. He’s tied for sixth in the league in tackles with 108 this season. 

I know Mason and how hard he’s worked and how hard he plays,” Gruden said. “I know he wouldn’t say anything publicly to do that. That was a private deal. He could’ve been messing around. I don’t know the intent of that message, I don’t really care.”

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