The ongoing saga of former San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster being arrested in Tampa the night before the 49ers were to a play the Buccaneers in November has taken another twist on Thursday.
That’s when Foster’s scheduled arraignment in Tampa was called off after the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office dismissed the domestic violence charge against him.
TMZ obtained the court document verifying the dropping of the charges levied against Foster for his November 24th arrest at the 49ers Tampa hotel:
Reuben Foster's Domestic Violence Charge Dropped https://t.co/aPEJnxJyk2
— TMZ (@TMZ) January 3, 2019
Foster’s agent told the gossip website that the case was dismissed because the witness, his on-again-off-again girlfriend Elissa Ennis had apparently recanted her story, again.
Ellis gave a tearful account of what had allegedly happened to ABC’s “Good Morning America” last month. The events of that night led to Foster not only being arrested but being released by the 49ers the next morning before the game with the Buccaneers was played.
The Redskins later picked up Foster off of waivers causing a firestorm of controversy in the nation’s capital and around the NFL about the contradictory stances team’s continue to display regarding domestic violence charges.
Foster has never played for the Redskins, as he was put on the “Commissioners Exempt list” for the remainder of the season until the charges could be resolved and the league could rule on whether he violated the personal conduct policy.
An NFL spokesperson weighed in on the latest developments to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
.@NFLprguy on #Redskins LB Reuben Foster, whose domestic violence charge in Fla. was recently dropped: "We are monitoring all developments in the matter which continues to be under review by the league."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 3, 2019
In general, it is not uncommon for alleged victims of domestic violence to recant their testimony. Ellis even said in the interview with ABC that she was under tremendous pressure to do so, back in May. That’s when she told a Santa Clara Court that she had lied and made things up regarding those charges of domestic violence against Foster.
Now, with the charges dropped, we wait for the NFL to sort out what to do with the former first round pick, who’s rights belong to the Redskins.
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