Elissa Ennis, the woman who alleged that Reuben Foster had slapped her last month, precipitating her release from the San Francisco 49ers, said she was "shocked" when the Washington Redskins promptly claimed the linebacker troubled.
"When he signed, I told myself, I can not believe that someone has recovered," Ennis told "Good Morning America" in an interview broadcast Thursday morning, his first public comments on the incident. "I just could not believe that someone picked it up in less than, how many hours? I was shocked. "
Ennis also answered questions about his previous allegation against Foster. This allegation resulted in charges of domestic violence against Foster in California, charges that were eventually dropped when Ennis retracted, claiming that she had fabricated these charges as part of a "ploy" monetary". Ennis said in the interview that she had feelings for Foster, her long-time boyfriend, and that she lied by giving up the allegation to protect him.
"Love will make you do things that are not in your interest," she said. ".. I did what I had to do for the person I liked. I thought it would change."
Last week, the NFL placed Foster, 24, on the commissioner's exempt list pending a league investigation into the incident. it's unlikely that he's playing this season.
The last alleged incident occurred on November 24 when the 49ers were in Tampa to play against the Buccaneers. Ennis, 28, said Foster had invited her to Florida to discuss their relationship, which had been paused. Ennis stated that Foster and she had consulted therapists and were trying to work on their relationship, and that Foster was seeing other women. The fight was triggered, she said, when she threatened to "tell her new girlfriend that he had paid for my flight over there."
Ennis told the Tampa police that Foster had slapped his face, pushed his chest and slapped a phone with his hand. In the television interview, she stated that she had bruises to her neck and face, a concussion and that the police had seen a 1-inch scratch on her left collarbone.
"I thought, 'I can not believe you, you're back to do that,'" Ennis told GMA.
Ennis said during the interview that the 49ers had tried to downplay his charges by informing the police of the previous incident, that she had retracted it. In February, Ennis told police near San Jose that Foster had beaten her and dragged her home through an argument, leaving her with a swollen lip, a ruptured eardrum, cuts and sores. scratches on the neck and legs.
"I have pictures of the 49ers coming over talking to the police and telling them that I am the same ex-girlfriend as [previously] lie, she said.
Foster was released the next day and picked up by the Redskins on November 27th. Ennis said the decision was "a slap," according to Linsey Davis of ABC.
In a statement to ABC, a spokesman for the 49ers said the team "cooperated fully with the authorities, helped locate Mr. Foster and in no way prevented their investigation." Foster and his representatives had not responded to ABC's request for comment. The Redskins told the network that the team had conducted its own investigation into the incident and was waiting to see how it would be resolved. The Post reported Tuesday that the Tampa police were unaware of Washington's independent investigation into the case. A spokesman said the agency's public information office had no contact with team president Bruce Allen or any other Redskins member.
After the Redskins claimed that Foster, the vice president of player staff, Doug Williams, said in a statement that the team understood the seriousness of the allegations, and that "if it is true, you can be sure that these allegations will never be endorsed by our organization. " widely criticized after a radio interview two days later in which he seemed to minimize Foster's alleged offense. Williams then apologized saying, "Never in my life have I said anything so insensitive. I will not sit here and apologize because there is not any. "
Foster was also arrested on a marijuana charge in January, charges that were later dropped. Later, he did not plead against the possession of an assault weapon and was sentenced to a two year probation. He was suspended two games early in the season for breaking the league's rules of behavior and addiction. The 49ers had warned Foster that other incidents would likely result in his release.
"Unfortunately, in your life, your actions have consequences," San Francisco general manager John Lynch said after Foster's release, saying the front-office officials "were in tune" with the decision. "When you use judgment, especially after something has been communicated very clearly to expectations, there are consequences."
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