Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, said the Washington Redskins decision to claim the linebacker off waivers just days after he was arrested for domestic violence in Florida felt like another "slap in the face" in an interview with Good Morning America on Thursday.
Ennis, 28, told GMA Foster invited her to Florida to work on their relationship. While there, a heated argument turned physical in which Ennis claims Foster slapped her "phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face," according to a criminal report affidavit. Officers did observe an inch-long scratch on Ennis' collarbone and arrested Foster. Ennis also told GMA that she suffered a concussion from the slap.
"We both were seein' therapists and stuff," she said, "tryin' to work on our relationship. So I was like, 'I can't believe you -- you're back to doin' this.'"
Foster has been arrested three times in the last year, including another domestic violence incident involving Ennis which she later recanted in front of a judge during a court hearing. When asked why she recanted then, she said she regretted it.
"Because I loved him," she said, "and love will have you doin' things that's not in your best interests."
Last week's arrest was enough for the 49ers to cut the former 2017 first-round draft pick in which the Redskins later claimed him.
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Foster will not be able to practice, play or attend games while he's on the Commissioner Exempt List as the league does their own investigation.
The Redskins have also said they were conducting their own investigation. "The Redskins fully understand the severity of the recent allegations made against Reuben," Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams said in a statement after the team claimed Foster. "If true, you can be sure these allegations are nothing our organization would ever condone. Let me be clear, Reuben will have to go through numerous steps including the full legal process, an investigation and potential discipline from the NFL, as well as meetings with counselors associated with the team before he will ever have the opportunity to wear the Burgundy and Gold as a player."
Ennis' attorney added in the interview that there are pending criminal charges against Foster at this time in Florida.
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