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Hillsborough County in the NFL spotlight after recent arrest

Anyone who follows professional football may think that there are players getting arrested all the time. And, while it may seem like there are regular reports about NFL players who get arrested or who otherwise have run-ins with the law, it is important for all of our readers in Florida to remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Even famous NFL players have the right to present a criminal defense in court.

That is what one well-known NFL player will likely be planning in the aftermath of an arrest in Tampa Bay recently. The player, Reuben Foster, is a former first-round draft pick who was, up until his recent arrest, playing for the San Francisco 49ers. However, after Foster's arrest in Tampa Bay on November 24 on allegations of being involved in a domestic violence incident, he was released from the 49ers.

But, even though one team in the NFL seemingly had had enough of the controversy that is surrounding Foster in the aftermath of his arrest, another team was willing to make the roster move to get him on the team - the Washington Redskins.

Kneejerk reactions are exceedingly common these days, and it is unfortunate when anyone in Florida, including an NFL player, is subject to drastic consequences such as getting fired from a job simply because allegations have been made. Sure, there may have been enough to support an arrest in this case, but that isn't too hard in a domestic violence case, which can easily be a "he said, she said" situation. Foster, like anyone else arrested in Florida, will have the right to present a defense in court.

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