Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend recounts alleged assault in Tampa

Ben Krimmel
December 06, 2018 - 8:47 am

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Elissa Ennis, the ex-girlfriend of Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster, recounted details of the alleged assault which led to Foster's arrest and release from the 49ers and her shock the Redskins claimed the troubled player off waivers just days after the incident.

"When he got signed, I was like, 'I can't believe somebody picked him up,'" Ennis said in an interview with ABC News. "I just couldn't believe somebody picked him up in less than... how many hours? I was shocked."

Washington claimed Foster Tuesday, November 27 before he was placed on the NFL's Commissioner Exempt list

Redskins President Bruce Allen told ABC News "the team did it's own investigation, adding that law enforcement needs to hear from both sides and see how this plays out." This is similar to what Allen told ESPN's Lisa Salters: "(Allen) talked to people in Tampa and felt comfortable that they heard another side of the Reuben Foster story that is different and perhaps to them worth taking this risk."

The Redskins denied a request to speak to Allen by 106.7 The Fan Redskins reporter Craig Hoffman

Leading up to the November 24 incident in Tampa, Ennis said she and Foster had taken a break in their relationship, but at Foster's invitation went to see him in Florida at the team's hotel. 

"He invited me to come see him in Florida," Ennis said. "I came and he took one of my phones and he slapped me and pushed me."

Ennis "told him that I was gonna tell his new girlfriend that he paid for my flight out there, so that's what triggered it."

According to ABC News, Ennis said she sustained a concussion from the slap and Foster's assault left her with bruises on her neck and face.

When asked by Hoffman whether the Redskins had seen the photos of bruises on Ennis' body a team spokesman said: "No comment. Refer to our statement last week."

Foster was arrested on a first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence charge, his third arrest in 2018.

"He called me out there so we could work on our relationship. And so, I was like, 'I can't believe you're back doing this,'" Ennis said. 

Ennis claimed Foster had physically abused her about three times before this incident. 

In a previous incident, Ennis alleged Foster threw her clothes off their balcony and "dragged me down the stairs, two, three times, he punched me in my face, two, three times, pulled me by my hair, kicked me, spit on me."

In court, Ennis recanted and a judge ruled there was no probable cause and no further evidence to support the felony charges of domestic violence and making criminal threats against Foster.

When asked about recanting her previous accusation after an incident in February, Ennis said she was lying when she recanted those accusations in court because she loved Foster and believed he could change. "Love will have you doing things that's not in your best interest because of the person you love," Ennis said. "I did what I had to do for the person I love. I thought that he would change. Anybody in my position they woulda did the same thing. If they shared a family with this person."  

Adante Pointer, Ennis's lawyer, said she has been "tormented throughout this relationship."

Ennis has said she no longer loves Foster. 

"Like, everything I thought was love is really not love," she said. "It's not."

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