Tragedy strikes hard for the Foster family as former NFL player, Glenn Foster passed away while under police custody on Monday, December 6. He was only 31 years of age. The news was made public by a local news station WWL-TV who alleged that Glenn was arrested after charges of robbery, assault and reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempting to elude police. He was in Pickens County jail on Sunday, December 4 and died there next morning.
As soon as the tragic news about the former New Orleans Saints player reached public, messages and condolences flooded Twitter and almost all social media handles. From former players and teammates to close family, everyone expressed deep anguish at the tragic turn of events. The real cause of death hasn’t been made public yet but the body is currently under the medical examiner for investigation and a possible autopsy.
According to reports, Glenn Foster was attested in Reform, Alabama for charges of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and attempting to bypass getting arrested. He was again taken into police custody on charges of minor assault and allegedly that was when he succumbed. Foster was suffering from mental health issues as per his father, Glenn Foster Sr. and he felt that had his son received proper medical attention, he would have been alive today. He sued the County Jail for not taking proper care or attention of the football player and added that he would bring justice to him.
“We want justice for our son. It’s unfair. It’s inhumane. It’s just not right,” Foster Sr. Said in a statement to WWL-TV on Tuesday, while Glenn’s mother, Sabrina Foster, added, “I can’t get my son back, but we want whoever is responsible to pay for this.”
Glenn didn’t have much of a celebrated career in football. He played football since high school and even in college, University of Illinois and later signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He was however dropped off the Louisiana-based team in 2015 and retired from the NFL the following year.
He then ventured into real estate and development and along with wife, Pamela, they worked as contractor and agent. The two even brought out their own granite countertop business called SLAG Tile & Countertops which was based in New Orleans and had stores all over New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Celebrities reached out to the Foster family in their grieving period. Kam Buckner, who represents the Illinois State House’s 26th District, took to Twitter to express his sentiments. “No words right now. Rest Powerfully, Little Brother. From Chicago to Champaign to New Orleans. You left your mark everywhere you went. Glenn Foster, we love you bruh,” he said in his post dated December 6.
Foster’s former teammate Terron Armstead also tweeted, “I really can’t find the words to properly express. You’ll be missed bro.”
One month before his unexpected passing away, the NFL player visited his alma mater Mount Carmel High School in Chicago and offered the students a heartfelt advice on their future course. He asked them to steer clear of toxic subcultures and instead carefully nurture and cherish their passions and ambitions.