SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster’s former girlfriend launched an announcement Wednesday saying she initially lied to police about him injuring her in a February incident at his house in Los Gatos, California.
The assertion from San Jose lawyer Stephanie Rickard, who recognized her consumer within the assertion as 28-year-old Elissa Ennis, stated Ennis suffered her accidents as the results of a combat with one other girl and there may be video documentation of that combat.
“[Foster] did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard stated.
In keeping with the assertion, Foster tried to finish their relationship after studying of the combat between Ennis and one other girl.
“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her, she would ‘trash his career,'” Rickard stated.
Rickard stated that when Ennis realized what she had performed, she tried to return to the Santa Clara County District Legal professional’s Workplace in an effort to recant her authentic statements blaming Foster for her accidents.
The district lawyer’s workplace filed costs towards Foster on April 12 for home violence with an allegation that he inflicted nice bodily damage, forcefully trying to stop a sufferer from reporting against the law and possessing an assault weapon, all of that are labeled as felonies.
Within the D.A.’s preliminary accounting of the occasions of Feb. 11, Ennis flagged down a passing automobile outdoors the Los Gatos house after he dragged her by her hair, punched her within the head eight to 10 instances and bodily eliminated her from the home.
Ennis’ accidents included a ruptured ear drum, which required a go to to the hospital. After her makes an attempt to recant her preliminary statements, the district lawyer’s workplace suspected that it was potential she wouldn’t cooperate with their case however advised reporters at Foster’s arraignment that the case towards Foster can be pursued even with out her assist.
Within the days after the fees towards Foster have been filed, the 49ers and Foster got here to an settlement that he would chorus from taking part in workforce actions till the authorized course of performed out.
Earlier this week, 49ers basic supervisor John Lynch once more indicated the will to see Foster’s case come to a conclusion earlier than making any choices about his future with the workforce.
“I’m not at liberty to go in depth on this because it’s an ongoing legal process, and we’re going to respect that,” Lynch advised reporters. “I do have a few ideas. Talking for [CEO] Jed [York] and [coach] Kyle [Shanahan] and talking for the York household, as you all know and as our launch indicated, we take the gravity of those costs extraordinarily critically. We do really feel like persistence is the suitable strategy proper now. We’ll be taught issues by way of this authorized course of.
“However I need to be abundantly clear: If these costs are confirmed true, if Reuben did hit this younger woman, he will not be part of this group going ahead.”
Foster has remained involved with the 49ers and has been understanding on his personal. He’s scheduled for an additional courtroom look on Monday, and he nonetheless has a Could 2 listening to in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, associated to a Jan. 12 arrest for second-degree marijuana possession.
The NFL has been monitoring each instances, and both may result in self-discipline from the league, as much as and together with suspension. Each instances can be reviewed underneath the league’s insurance policies on substance abuse and private conduct.
The assertion from Rickard ends with an acknowledgement from the girl of the eye Foster’s case has drawn and the way it’s being perceived within the midst of the #MeToo motion.
“This case is not a type of,” the statement reads. “[She] apologizes to everybody which will have been harmed on this case, particularly Mr. Foster.”