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Family of Former N.F.L. Player Raises Questions About His Death

Mr. Foster had been arrested after the police in Reform, a small town in western Alabama, clocked him on radar driving 92 miles per hour in a 45-m.p.h. zone at about 11:10 p.m. on Dec. 3, the police said.

After the police pursued Mr. Foster in his Jeep and placed spike strips on the road, he was charged with reckless endangerment, attempting to elude and resisting arrest, the police said. He was also cited for speeding, driving while suspended and driving on the wrong side of the road, the police said.

Mr. Foster’s parents believe he may have been experiencing a “manic episode” in the days leading up to, during and after his arrest, the family’s lawyers said. Mr. Foster had “a history of mental health challenges,” the lawyers said in a statement.

While Mr. Foster was being booked into the Pickens County Jail, he was “not cooperative in answering the jailer’s booking questions but there was no physical altercation during the booking process while Reform Police Department was present,” the department said in a statement.

On Dec. 5, Mr. Foster’s family posted his bond, which included a condition, by judge’s order, that the police take him to a hospital in Birmingham for an assessment, the police said.

But when Mr. Foster’s family and the police arrived at the jail to take him to the hospital, the sheriff’s office declined to release him, saying he had been rebooked on another set of charges, the Reform Police Department said.

According to the lawyers for Mr. Foster’s family, they had been told that Mr. Foster had “been in an altercation with another inmate and was now under the jurisdiction of the sheriff’s office, which delayed his treatment.” The family was not allowed to visit Mr. Foster, the lawyers said.

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