There’s been a huge development in connection to the Reuben Foster domestic violence case. According to NBC Sports Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco, the woman who accused Foster can reportedly prove that Foster did not cause those injuries and that she has recanted her statement.
In a statement released by her attorney, Elissa Ennis, Foster’s former girlfriend, said that the former Alabama linebacker did not attempt to harm her. The statement also said that she would “trash his career” if Foster broke up with her, which he did after Ennis got into a fight with another woman, which led to the injuries.
“[Foster] did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” Ennis’ attorney Stephanie Rickard said in a statement.
According to Rickard’s statement, “the criminal charges against Foster are based on lies,” and that “Ennis apologizes to everyone that may have been harmed in this case, especially Mr. Foster.”
Foster, who was a first-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2017 NFL Draft, faces five charges from the February incident, including two charges of domestic violence and one felony charge of possession of an assault weapon. If convicted, Foster could potentially face up to 11 years in prison.
On Monday, San Francisco general manager John Lynch said that Foster would be released if these allegations proved to be true.
“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 former coach, Nick Saban, also commented on the matter.
“We don’t condone this kind of behavior and certainly would not like to see any of our players have any of these kinds of issues or the victims to suffer any at all,” Saban said. “So, with that said, I can’t make any more comments about that.”
Foster is next due in court on Monday, April 30.