49ers Release LB Reuben Foster After Domestic Violence Arrest in Tampa

Reuben Foster

Hillsborough County Reuben Foster mugshot

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, arrested in Tampa Saturday night on a domestic battery charge, has been released by the team.

Police responded to a domestic at the Grand Hyatt around 9 p.m. Saturday night. Tampa police said Foster, 24, and a 28-year-old woman had a verbal altercation during which Foster allegedly “slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face. Officers say they noticed a one-inch scratch on the victim’s left collarbone,” WFLA reported.

The 49ers are in Tampa to play the Bucs at 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to online records and a police report, police discovered Foster and the woman had a three-year, on-again-off-again relationship. In fact, they lived together and have a history of alleged domestic violence, albeit charges were dropped after she recanted.

Foster, booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, was charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.

The Alabama-native now living in Santa Clara, California was held overnight and appeared in court Sunday. Bond was set at $2000 and included a condition Foster have no contact with the alleged victim, Elissa Ennis.

Last spring, a Santa Clara County Court judge “dropped domestic-violence charges against Foster, a week after Ennis took the stand and recanted her allegations that Foster struck her in Los Gatos on Feb. 11.”

The charges were dropped, the San Francisco Examiner reported after Ennis testified that she made the allegation up because “I was pissed and I wanted to end him,” the Mercury News reported.

She testified that it was not the first time she called police on a boyfriend for alleged domestic violence. The Mercury News reported in May Ennis said under oath she’d previously tried to ruin the career of a boyfriend who had broken up with her.

Foster’s run-ins with the law include a marijuana arrest, and the domestic, later recanted by Ennis. He was also charged with weapons possession during the April 2018 arrest.

The father of a 10-year-old daughter, Foster was drafted by San Francisco in 2017. Foster was reported to be a No. 1 inside linebacker prospect of his class by a High School All-American consensus.