The woman who accused NFL linebacker Reuben Foster of domestic violence last month after he allegedly slapped her so hard it left her with a mild concussion has spoken out about the Washington Redskins’ decision to pick up the star athlete just 72 hours after his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, released him as punishment for his behavior. Elissa Ennis, a former girlfriend of Foster’s who had previously accused him of domestic violence earlier this year only to later recant her charges in court, told Good Morning America that the Redskins’ apparent indifference to Foster’s behavior left her “shocked” and in disbelief.
“When he got signed, I was like, ‘I can’t believe somebody picked him up,’” said Ennis. “I just couldn’t believe somebody picked him up in less than, how many hours? I was shocked.”
According to Ennis, she and Foster had taken a break from their relationship and had begun seeing therapists after three prior incidents of alleged abuse — including the one she later recanted in court — drove them apart. The latest incident, she said, occurred after Foster flew her out to Florida to work on their relationship and she threatened, during an argument, “to tell his new girlfriend that he had paid for my flight out there.” Foster, she said, retaliated by slapping her across the face, pushed her in the chest, and smacking the phone from her hand. In her interview with GMA, Ennis further alleged that 49ers personnel had interfered with police when she previously accused Foster of domestic abuse in February.
“I have pictures of the 49ers coming up there trying to talk to the police, telling them I’m the same ex-girlfriend that [previously] lied,” she said.
Asked why she later recanted the charge against the linebacker, Ennis’s voice began to grow emotional.
“Reuben threw my clothes out the balcony, my stuff out the house, he dragged me down the stairs, punched me in my face, two or three times, pulled me by my hair, kicked me, spit on me,” she recalled. She later pretended she had lied about what happened, she said, because “I loved him.”
“Love will have you doing things that’s not in your best interest, because it’s the person you love,” she explained, her voice trembling. “I thought that he would change. Anybody in my position would have done the same thing if they shared a family with this person. He used to come crying to me telling me he didn’t have anybody.”
When asked whether she still loved him, Ennis hesitated.
“I’ve been getting help,” she said, shaking her head. “This is not love.”
Watch Ennis’ interview with GMA below.
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