Reuben Foster's Ex-Girlfriend Recants Domestic Violence Allegations

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) stands on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Authorities say San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster has been charged with felony domestic violence after being accused of attacking his girlfriend. The Santa Clara County District Attorney says Foster was charged Thursday, April 12, 2018, and is scheduled to be arraigned later in the day in San Jose. Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Foster attacked his girlfriend in February at their Los Gatos home, leaving her bruised and with a ruptured ear drum. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, released a statement through her attorney Wednesday recanting her domestic violence allegations against the San Francisco 49ers linebacker.

"(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her," attorney Stephanie Rickard said, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco

Rickard added that Ennis' injuries "were the result of a physical fight with another woman, and that Foster tried to end his relationship with Ennis after he learned of the fight," per Maiocco. 

Foster was charged with two felony counts of domestic violence, one felony count of possession of an assault weapon and one felony count of attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime stemming from the alleged incident on Feb. 11.

According to the Washington Post's Jacob Bogage, Foster allegedly "dragged [his girlfriend] by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times." Foster also allegedly ruptured Ennis' eardrum. 

However, Rickard said Wednesday that Ennis lied about Foster's actions that night to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office and has video of the fight with the other woman to prove it. 

"She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would 'trash his career,'" Rickard added. 

On Monday, 49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters Foster would be released if the allegations were true.  

"I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won’t be part of our organization moving forward," Lynch said, per the San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch. "I think that’s the standard we want on our team. That’s the standard we are going to operate under."

According to the Bay Area News Group's Cam Inman, the Santa Clara County DA's office said at Foster's arraignment that it will still prosecute him even if Ennis doesn't cooperate. 

A plea hearing will be held Monday. 

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