Foster’s ac­cuser ‘just couldn’t be­lieve’ Wash­ing­ton’s de­ci­sion to sign him

The News & Observer - - Sports - BY CINDY BOREN

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 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 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 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.

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