Death of Former NFL Player Glenn Foster Raises Questions

Glenn Foster Jr. greets fans in Miami in 2013 while he was a defensive end with the New Orleans Saints. Foster died in police custody on Dec. 6, 2021, in Alabama. (Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Glenn Foster was arrested following a high-speed chase and then a scuffle with officers in the county jail where he was being held. He died in custody.

While being handcuffed, Foster fought against a Pickens County deputy and a correctional officer, injuring the deputy’s nose and hand, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

Following his arrest, Foster had an initial court appearance before Pickens County District Judge Samuel Junkin, where he was “non-compliant and refused to respond to answer any questions” aside from demanding an attorney, the judge wrote in an order Monday.

Foster was labeled as “not mentally stable and a danger to himself and others.” The judge ordered him held withotu bond until a mental evaluation was carried out.

But what happened from that time until his death remains a mystery.

The investigation has been turned over to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, which said no further information was available as the investigation is ongoing.

– Ella Breedlove