FOSTER’S ACCUSER ‘COULDN’T BELIEVE’ HE WAS RE-SIGNED SO FAST
Elissa Ennis, the woman who alleged that Reuben Foster slapped her last month, precipitating his release from the San Francisco 49ers, said she was shocked when Washington quickly claimed the troubled linebacker.
“When he got signed, I was like, I can’t believe somebody picked him up,” Ennis told “Good Morning America” in an interview that aired Thursday morning, her first public comments on the incident. “I just couldn’t believe somebody picked him up in less than, how many hours? I was shocked.”
Ennis also answered questions about her previous allegation against Foster. That allegation resulted in domestic violence charges against Foster in California, charges that were eventually dropped when Ennis recanted, saying she had fabricated the allegations as part of “a money scheme.” Ennis said in the ABC interview that she has feelings for Foster, her longtime on-again off-again boyfriend, and that she lied in recanting the allegation to protect him.
“I did what I had to do for the person I love. I thought that he would change,” she said.
The NFL last week placed Foster, 24, on the commissioner’s exempt list pending a league investigation into the incident; he is unlikely to play this season.
The latest alleged incident occurred Nov. 24 when the 49ers were in Tampa to play the Buccaneers. Ennis, 28, said that Foster had invited her to come to Florida to discuss their relationship, which had been put on pause. Ennis said both she and Foster had been seeing therapists and trying to work on their relationship, and that Foster was seeing other women. The fight was triggered, she said, when she threatened “to tell his new girlfriend that he had paid for my flight out there.”
Ennis told police in Tampa that Foster slapped her face, pushed her chest, and slapped a phone out of her hand. In the television interview, she said that she had bruises on her neck and face and a concussion, and that officers saw a 1-inch scratch on her left collarbone.
Foster was released the next day, and picked up by the Redskins on Nov. 27.
Reuben Foster, shown in October with the 49ers, is now on the NFL’s exempt list, which means he likely won’t play again this season. His ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he slapped her and pushed her in Tampa, Florida.