Mason Foster created a firestorm when a private conversation emerged from social media in which the linebacker said "F*** this team and this fanbase" amid other disparaging comments.
Jay Gruden got asked about the comments on Wednesday, and the head coach didn't hold much back.
"I really don't even care, it's a private message" Gruden said.
The head coach explained that Foster was having a private conservation and the conversation should not have reached the public eye. Gruden also explained that Foster is one of the best teammates and hardest workers on the Redskins.
"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," the coach said.
Many fans are enraged by Foster's comments, and much of the anger is understandable. Multiple Redskins players have publicly criticized the team's fans this season, including D.J. Swearinger and Josh Norman, though Foster's are certainly the most pointed.
What isn't known is the context of the conversation, and the type of relationship Foster had with the user.
Regardless, Foster is the Redskins defensive captain, and for many fans that 'C' should be stripped from his jersey. After listening to Gruden, that doesn't seem likely.
On the season, Foster has 108 tackles and two interceptions. He's played in all 13 games for the Redskins and also added two fumble recoveries. He was not available for comment on Wednesday.
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