After Domestic Violence Arrest, 49ers Drop Reuben Foster Fast

Linebacker had been accused of same earlier this year
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2018 10:11 AM CST
In this May 30, 2018, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster walks on the field during a practice at the team's NFL football training facility in Santa Clara, Calif. Foster was arrested...   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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(Newser) – The San Francisco 49ers cut linebacker Reuben Foster on Sunday, hours after he was arrested at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla., on charges of domestic violence. An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Foster was booked at 11:11pm Saturday and held without bail. Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10pm at the Grand Hyatt where the team is staying before playing the Buccaneers on Sunday, reports the AP. The team released a one-sentence statement Sunday saying it had cut Foster. Foster, 24, was charged with a count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence. Tampa Police rep Janelle McGregor said a 28-year-old woman said 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," per CNN. McGregor said officers observed a 1-inch scratch on her left collarbone.

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. 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April following that arrest 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. After the charges were dropped, Lynch said Foster was told he would have to continue to earn his place on the team with his behavior. But Saturday night's arrest ended Foster's time with the 49ers. Foster was suspended the first two games of this season for violating the NFL's conduct and substance-abuse policies.

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