49ers linebacker Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charge

Arnold Nichols
November 26, 2018

The San Francisco 49ers said today they plan to release linebacker Reuben Foster after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on a domestic violence charge.

The 49ers released Foster just hours before their scheduled game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) looks on following the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Saturday's report says Foster and Ennis were in an "on-again-off-again" relationship for the past three years and that she stated Foster "slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area with one hand and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of the face" on Saturday night.

A team spokesperson said the 49ers did not know about the report involving Foster in October according to Evan Sernoffsky of the Chronicle.

Officers observed a one-inch scratch on the woman's left collarbone, the release states.

Prosecutors still tried to make a case against Foster using 911 calls, medical records and witness testimony, but the felony domestic violence charge against him was eventually dropped. That incident also involved Foster's longtime girlfriend Elissa Ennis.

Still, it was well-known that their patience with Foster was growing thin, and Shanahan made it clear that if Foster was proven guilty of those domestic violence charges, he would be gone.

Ennis later recanted her story during a court hearing, telling a judge that she concocted the story in an attempt to ruin Foster's career because she was angry at him.


Ennis recanted her allegations in May and the domestic violence charges were dropped. He was charged in January in Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession.

"We can promise you guys - if there's someone whoever hits their significant other, girlfriends, some person like that, that person is not going to be on our team", Shanahan said.

The NFL handed down a two-game suspension for the drug and weapons charges, resulting in him missing the Week 2 game against the Lions.

'I feel strongly about that.

Lynch said the incident didn't happen on the two secure floors of the hotel reserved for the team, saying players have the opportunity to rent rooms in other parts of the hotel for friends and family members.

"We have a set of standards in place that the players were involved with in developing", John Lynch said. The weapons charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and Foster pleaded no contest to that in June.

Foster had missed the team's previous two games with a hamstring injury and was listed as questionable to play against the Bucs.

Satisfied that Foster could handle being a professional, the 49ers stopped Foster's slide, trading up to take him at No. 31 overall.

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