The former girlfriend of 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster on Wednesday said she can prove Foster did not cause her injuries from an alleged February incident in Los Gatos.
Elissa Ennis, the former girlfriend, released a statement through her attorney, Stephanie Rickard, in which she said her injuries came from a fight that did not involve Foster.
“(Foster) did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Rickard said in the statement provided first to NBC Sports Bay Area.
Ennis’ injuries were the result of a physical fight with another woman, and that Foster tried to end his relationship with Ennis after he learned of the fight, Rickard said.
There is a video of that fight with another woman, according to Rickard.
“She was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career,’ ” Rickard said.
Rickard said after Ennis realized what she had done, she went back to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office and tried to recant her previous statement.
When reached Monday by NBC Sports Bay Area, the DA's office declined to comment on the alleged victim's statement.
On April 12, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office filed formal criminal charges against Foster stemming from a Feb. 11 incident involving his live-in girlfriend in Los Gatos. He faces two charges of domestic violence and one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon.
The DA’s office charged him with domestic violence with an allegation that he inflicted great bodily harm. The DA’s office said Foster bruised the alleged victim and ruptured her eardrum. She told investigators at the scene that Foster hit her eight to 10 times in the head.
He is also charged with a felony of attempting to prevent a victim from reporting a crime.
The criminal charges against Foster are based on lies, Ennis now says, according to Rickard.
According to Rickard, “Ennis apologizes to everyone that may have been harmed in this case, especially Mr. Foster."
The 49ers declined to comment Monday because it is an ongoing legal matter, a team spokesman said.
On Monday, 49ers general manager John Lynch said the club would release Foster if the allegation that he struck the alleged victim proved to be true. Foster remains a member of the team but is not participating in the 49ers’ offseason program.
“We do feel like patience is the right approach right now, that we are going to learn things through this legal process,” Lynch said. “But I do want to be very clear, abundantly clear, that if these charges are proven true, that if Reuben did indeed hit this young lady, he won't be part of our organization going forward.”
Foster’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, 9 a.m.