Elissa Ennis, 28, is the woman who has accused 24-year-old Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster of domestic assault.
According to reports, the Tampa Police Department was called to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa on Saturday, November 24, to investigate Ennis’ domestic violence complaint. Reuben, who was playing for the San Fransisco 49ers at the time, was in Tampa as the 49ers were scheduled to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following day.
The criminal report states that Ennis alleges that after a heated verbal argument, Foster “slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face.”
While investigating, authorities observed an “inch-long scratch on the side of Ennis’s left collarbone.” Foster was taken into police custody and was later released on $2,000 bail.
However, despite being released from the San Fransisco 49ers due to the alleged assault, Foster was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins, a move that Ennis is calling a “slap in the face.”
Foster had gotten physical with her three times before, she said. Twice she called police, and another time — in October — the neighbors called, she said.
Ennis and Foster had previously lived together and were involved in an on-and-off relationship for several years, Tampa police said. In February, Foster was arrested at his home in Los Gatos, California, near San Jose, on the suspicion that he battered Ennis, who initially told police that he hit her at least 10 times, dragged her out of the house, threw her on the ground, spit on her, broke her phone and threw their bulldog on her, according to the Los Gatos/Monte Sereno Police Department.
Ennis later told a judge during a court hearing that she concocted the story in an attempt to ruin Foster’s career as part of a “money scheme” to try to “sue him on [her] own,” and the domestic violence charges were dismissed. Foster did plead no contest to a weapons charge, which had been reduced to a misdemeanor, and he was sentenced to 232 hours of community service and was placed on two years of probation and barred from possessing any guns or ammunition.
After he was picked up by the Washington Redskins, Foster was placed on the Commissioner Exempt list, meaning he will not be able to practice, play in or attend games.