The ex-girlfriend of Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster described the deteriorating state of her on-and-off relationship with the NFL participant that finally led to his launch from the San Francisco 49ers final month.
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Elissa Ennis, 28, met Foster, 24, on the 2014 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, when he was nonetheless taking part in on the College of Alabama, they usually started a long-distance relationship a few months later, she stated.
The 2 have been so ingrained in one another’s lives that that they had met one another’s households, Ennis stated. Whereas her household considered Foster as a “good” and “good-hearted particular person,” Ennis stated, “behind closed doorways, he is not.” Neither Foster nor his representatives have responded to ABC Information’ request for remark.
The alleged home violence incident that ended Foster’s profession in San Francisco occurred final month, after Foster invited Ennis to Florida so they might work on their relationship, she stated.
The Tampa Police Division stated on Nov. 24 they have been known as to the Grand Hyatt resort, the place the San Francisco 49ers have been staying earlier than their sport towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the subsequent day, to research a home violence grievance.
A heated argument with Ennis allegedly escalated right into a bodily confrontation, wherein Foster allegedly slapped Ennis’s “telephone out of her hand, pushed her within the chest space and slapped her with an open hand on the appropriate facet of her face, in accordance with a prison report affidavit obtained by ABC Information. Officers noticed an inch-long scratch on the facet of Ennis’s left collarbone and took Foster into custody, police stated. He was later launched on $2,000 bail.
The battle started after Ennis instructed Foster, who was seeing different folks at that time, that she was going to inform his new girlfriend that he paid for her flight to Florida, she instructed ABC Information.
Ennis stated on the time she could not consider what transpired throughout the confrontation, particularly since they have been “off” on the time and she or he’d traveled to Florida in an try to enhance the connection.
“We each have been seein’ therapists and stuff, tryin’ to work on our relationship,” she stated. “So I used to be like, ‘I am unable to consider you — you are again to doin’ this.'”
Ennis stated she sustained a concussion from the slap from Foster, a 6-foot-1, 280-pound linebacker.
The 49ers launched Foster after the incident. He was the crew’s first-round draft choose in 2017.
Foster had gotten bodily along with her thrice earlier than, she stated. Twice she known as police, and one other time — in October — the neighbors known as, she stated.
Ennis and Foster had beforehand lived collectively and have been concerned in an on-and-off relationship for a number of years, Tampa police stated. In February, Foster was arrested at his house in Los Gatos, California, close to San Jose, on the suspicion that he battered Ennis, who initially instructed police that he hit her at the least 10 occasions, dragged her out of the home, threw her on the bottom, spit on her, broke her telephone and threw their bulldog on her, in accordance with the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Division.
Ennis later instructed a decide throughout a court docket listening to that she concocted the story in an try to smash Foster’s profession as a part of a “cash scheme” to attempt to “sue him on [her] personal,” and the home violence expenses have been dismissed. Foster did plead no contest to a weapons cost, which had been diminished to a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced to 232 hours of group service and was positioned on two years of probation and barred from possessing any weapons or ammunition.
When requested why she determined to recant her story, Ennis stated, “As a result of I cherished him, and love could have you doin’ issues that is not in your finest pursuits.”
She later added, “I did what I needed to do for the particular person I really like. I believed that he would change.” Ennis’s household suggested her to not recant her story, she stated.
The February incident additionally started as an argument that turned bodily, Ennis stated. The 2 have been dwelling collectively on the time, and Ennis stated Foster started throwing her garments off the balcony. He then allegedly dragged her down the steps, punched her within the face and kicked her, Ennis stated.
Through the alleged altercation, Ennis stated she requested Foster how he would really feel if somebody have been treating his mom or sister in a bodily method.
The crew did not minimize Foster after the February incident as a result of they have been conscious that Ennis was going to recant her story, she stated, including that she now regrets that call.
On the time, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stated the crew had a zero-tolerance coverage home violence coverage, however he was welcomed again to the crew after he was cleared of the costs.
The Washington Redskins claimed the rights to Foster two days after he was launched by the 49ers, a transfer that felt like one other “slap within the face,” Ennis stated.
On the time, Doug Williams, senior vp of participant personnel, wrote in an announcement on Twitter that the crew “totally” understood “the severity of the current allegations” towards Foster and that, “if true,” the allegations are “nothing” the group “would ever condone.”
The following day, Williams described the allegations towards Foster on a Washington radio station as “small potatoes” in comparison with folks in “excessive, excessive, excessive, excessive locations which have accomplished far worse.”
Williams later apologized after a Nov. 30 observe, mentioning the Redskins group, his spouse, mom, sister and 6 daughters when saying, “By no means in my life have I stated something so insensitive,” in accordance with The Related Press.
Ennis stated that she’s now realized, after receiving skilled assist, that her relationship with Foster was not love and that she’s engaged on getting closure.
“Like, every part I believed was love is de facto not love,” she stated. “It is not.”
Ennis’s lawyer, Adante Pointer, stated she has been “tormented all through this relationship,” including that there are pending prison expenses towards Foster at the moment in Florida.
In an announcement, the NFL stated Foster will be unable to observe, play or attend video games whereas the matter is underneath assessment.
“Mr. Foster was launched by the 49ers and subsequently signed by the Washington Redskins. The NFL instantly positioned him on the Commissioner Exempt record and he will be unable to observe, play or attend video games whereas we assessment the matter. Upon listening to of the incident, we instantly start an investigation that will likely be thorough and complete to know the information of the matter,” the NFL assertion learn. “If the league finds there was a violation of its private conduct coverage, Mr. Foster will likely be topic to self-discipline even when the conduct doesn’t end in a prison conviction.”
The president of the Washington Redskins instructed ABC Information that the crew did it is personal investigation, including that regulation enforcement wants to listen to from each side and see how this performs out.
The San Francisco 49ers declined to remark.
ABC Information’ Invoice Hutchinson and Kieran Mcgirl contributed to this report.