Reuben Foster domestic violence update: in February, the San Francisco 49ers linebacker was arrested after allegedly hitting his girlfriend. It was his second arrest in as many months, after an Alabama marijuana possession charge in January. Two months later, accuser Elissa Ennis, the linebacker’s ex-girlfriend, admitted that he had never hit her.
Ennis suffered injuries during a fight with another woman, including a ruptured ear drum, of which there is video evidence. The injuries were initially pinned on Foster. In late April, her attorney Stephanie Rickard said that Foster was not involved.
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NFL linebacker Reuben Foster
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TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 19: Reuben Foster #10 of the Crimson team looks into the backfield of the White team during the University of Alabama A-Day spring game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on April 19, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Jan 7, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) during the Alabama Crimson Tide media day at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster (10) walks onto the field prior to the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and Washington Huskies on December 31, 2016, at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. Alabama won the game 24-7. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled short of the first down by linebacker Reuben Foster #10 and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the third quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game as defensive back Marlon Humphrey #26 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 11: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) flexes after his teammates made a defensive stop in the third quarter of an NFL week 1 preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs on August 11th, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. The 49ers won 27-17. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Aug 27, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) looks on following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 10, 2017; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) is loaded onto the injury cart during the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
SANTA CLARA, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Christian McCaffrey #22 of the Carolina Panthers talks to Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers after their game at Levi's Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01: San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) walks the sidelines prior to an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) celebrates after making a tackle during an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on November 5, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 05: Arizona Cardinals running back Adrian Peterson (23) and San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) pose for a picture after exchanging their jersey's with each other during an NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the San Francisco 49ers on November 5, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 03: Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears carries the football against Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Soldier Field on December 3, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The San Francisco 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 15-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 10: Reuben Foster #56 of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Official Allen Baynes on the field prior to the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The 49ers defeated the Texans 26-16. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 17: San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Reuben Foster (56) brings down Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (22) during the game between the Tennessee Titans verses the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, CA (Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” said Rickard. She said Foster tried to end the relationship with her after learning of the fight.
“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’” Rickard said.
Now, Elissa Ennis is testifying, and once again says that falsified her Reuben Foster domestic violence accusation.
She admits to wanting to “f— up” and end his football career. Bay Area News Group reporter Cam Inman is on hand for the preliminary hearing:
Reuben Foster’s accuser just gave extensive testimony, says he did not hit her once and actually she struck him with hanger. “I was threatening Reuben. ... that I was going to f*** up his career” Called 911 3x because “I wanted to be extra. I wanted him to go down. I was pissed”
Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis started crying on stand while recounting how he told her “I can’t do it anymore” in breakup.” Ennis testified: “I told him I’m going to f*** your shit up and make sure u dont have a job tomorrow”
Ennis says that she took money and jewelry from Foster after the incident. More, via Inman:
Reuben Foster’s ex-girlfriend Elissa Ennis testifies: “It was all a money scheme. I didn’t want to get this far in the news. It was about money.” She fled home to Louisiana after Foster arrested 2/11 and she took with her Foster’s money and jewelry which is in a safe deposit box
While Ennis testified amid tears about breakup — “I was lying about lot of stuff” — Reuben Foster sat in chair between his attorney and detective. Reuben had left hand on his chin, right hand on pen tapping notepad and right leg tapping floor under desk. She never spoke to 49ers.
Back in April, 49ers general manager John Lynch said that Foster would be released if the story was true. It now appears that it was not.
Foster was a collegiate star at Alabama. He has had a pretty tumultuous football career since leaving Tuscaloosa.
During the NFL Draft combine, he had an incident involving a hospital worker during his physical evaluation. He wound up tumbling to 31st overall in the first round, where he was selected by the 49ers.
As a rookie, he recorded 72 total tackles, and was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. Hopefully, his off-season off-field issues are coming to a close.