San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster had an ammunition charge against him dismissed and his plea hearing for felony domestic violence charges pushed back, as prosecutors look to review additional evidence in the case.
Robert Salonga of the Mercury News reported the Santa Clara District Attorney's office has requested more time to review video Foster's ex-girlfriend says shows she lied about the domestic violence incident. The woman recanted her allegations against Foster last week, saying her injuries were suffered as a result of a fight with another woman.
“Sadly too often, victims of domestic violence for a host of reasons choose not to cooperate with the process that holds their abusers accountable," prosecutor Jim Demertzis said. “Additional evidence was provided to the People that warrants further investigation so we can take this case to a just result.”
The woman accused Foster of repeatedly punching her in the head, dragging her by her hair and throwing her out of his house in February. Prosecutors charged Foster with three felonies, including possessing an assault weapon, domestic violence and preventing a victim from reporting a crime.
Her attorney, Stephanie Rickard, released a statement to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee admitting those allegations were false. The woman says she was upset about Foster attempting to end the relationship and wanted to "trash his career" as a result.
"(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her," Rickard said. "She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would 'trash his career.'"
49ers general manager John Lynch told reporters the team will release Foster if the allegations prove true. The NFL does not require a conviction to punish a player under the personal conduct policy. It will likely review the case independently.
The league suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games in 2017 for an alleged domestic violence incident in which he was not convicted.