Accuser says she’s shocked Foster was signed
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 the Washington Redskins 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 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 offagain boyfriend, and that she lied in recanting the allegation to protect him.
“Love will have you doing things that’s not in your best interests,” she said. “I did what I had to do for the person I love. I thought that he would change.”
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 was Nov. 24 when the 49ers were in Tampa to play the Bucs. Ennis, 28, said Foster had invited her to come to Florida to discuss their relationship. Ennis said 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.”