Shortly after Reuben Foster’s arrest on a domestic violence charge in Tampa, Fla., last month, news spread of another alleged domestic disturbance between the former 49ers linebacker and his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, at their apartment in October.
On Friday, the San Jose Mercury News obtained body camera footage of the October incident from Santa Clara police.
In the footage, Foster is seen answering the door when police arrive. Ennis joins him outside shortly after, but she initially appears disinterested in speaking with the police officer, as Foster stands next to her and urges her to “talk to him."
Ennis then goes back inside the apartment, as two police officers continue to speak with Foster. At various points throughout the recording, Foster is seen as uncooperative and disinterested in supplying the officers with any information. Eventually, Foster is placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police vehicle.
While Foster is in the car, the officers return to Ennis, asking her if everything is OK
"No, everything is not OK," Ennis adamantly responds, before adding, "I really don't want to talk about it."
When the officer asks her what she and Foster were arguing about, Ennis tells the officer that she is depressed and takes depression medication, but that "she didn't take her depression pills today."
"I grabbed his phone and saw something," Ennis tells the officer.
The bodycam footage concludes with Foster being released from the police vehicle and the handcuffs.
The police filed a report deeming the incident a domestic disturbance. No arrests were made, however.
The following month, Foster was arrested on a charge of domestic violence resulting from an incident with Ennis at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay hotel the night before San Francisco's Week 12 game against the Buccaneers. The 49ers released Foster the very next day.
Both the October and November incidents came after Ennis accused Foster of domestic violence back in April. After initially saying Foster dragged, beat and spit on her, Ennis recanted her accusation at a preliminary hearing in May, in which she testified that she lied about her initial claim in order to ruin Foster's career after he said he was ending their relationship. However, she has recently said that she lied on the witness stand in order to protect Foster.
"I loved him, and love will have to you doing things that’s not in your best interest because (of) the person you love,” Ennis said.
One day after being released by the 49ers, Foster was claimed off waivers by Washington. He remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List, however, which prevents him from attending practices and games until he is removed.