49ers Release Reuben Foster After Domestic Violence Arrest
The San Francisco 49ers released linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday, hours after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on charges of domestic violence.
An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office said Foster
was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. Saturday and was being held without bail.
Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel
where the team is staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
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The team sent out a one-sentence news release Sunday morning saying it had cut Foster.
The 24-year-old Foster was charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
Tampa Police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor said a woman told police that 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. McGregor said officers observed
a 1-inch scratch on the accuser’s left collarbone.
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McGregor said officers learned that Foster had lived with the woman in the past
and had been involved in an on-and-off relationship with her over the past three years.
Police later confirmed the woman was Elissa Ennis, who had accused Foster of hitting
her in February but later recanted the allegations.
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49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April following that
arrest on domestic violence charges that were eventually dropped after the recantation
that the team had a zero-tolerance policy.
“We can promise you guys, if there’s someone who ever hits their significant other,
girlfriends, some person like that, that person is not going to be on our team,”
Shanahan said in April. “I feel strongly about that. John does.
I know our ownership does. That’s how we feel about it.”