Glenn Foster Jr. tragically lost his life Monday shortly after being taken into custody by authorities in Alabama. The husband and father of two was arrested on Sunday and initially booked on charges of reckless endangerment and resisting arrest by “attempt to elude.” The charges were later adjusted to three counts of simple assault and one count of third-degree robbery.
The former Illinois and New Orleans Saints defensive lineman’s mother would soon inform The Daily Beast on how her son “died in custody after being denied medical treatment” by local law enforcement: “I told them he has not eaten or [had] water and his organs could shut down, and they didn’t seem concerned.”
Foster’s body has been released to the Alabama Department of Forensic Services for further investigation.
Police Chief Richard Black told The Daily Beast an officer from his agency spotted Foster driving 92 mph in a 45 mph zone and claimed that when his officer gave chase, Foster accelerated to “very high rates of speed.”
Black added that Foster drove on the wrong side of the road and nearly hit cars head on. Local police then deployed spike strips that stopped the car.
“There was no pepper spray, no tasers,” Black claimed. “It was not like an all-out fight.”
After Foster was booked on charges for the chase, Black said, his officers left the Pickens County Jail and had no further contact with him, according to the Daily Beast.
“At that time, something happened in the jail, I don’t know what, but they told me he could not be released because they had charges,” Black told The Daily Beast.
Black said that he was notified on Monday afternoon that “something happened” and Foster was dead.
Foster played collegiately at Illinois, where he recorded four sacks, 73 tackles and one interception.
After not being selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, he made the Saints roster as a reserve defensive lineman during his rookie season. He racked up three sacks, four tackles for loss and a deflected pass in 12 games.