San Francisco 49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, issued a statement earlier this year that said the 49ers have a zero-tolerance domestic-violence policy…and he meant it. Since then, the team’s running back, Reuben Foster, has been cut from the team after being arrested in Tampa, Florida for domestic violence.
Foster was arrested on one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic-violence battery this weekend at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where the team stayed before their game against the Buccaneers.
The alleged victim, Elissa Ennis, got into a verbal altercation with Foster (her on and off again boyfriend) during which things got physical. A statement from Tampa police reads, “Foster 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 observed a one-inch scratch on the victim’s left collarbone.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a Santa Clara County Court judge dropped domestic-violence charges against Foster back in May, a week after Ennis took the stand and recanted her allegations that Foster hit her in Los Gatos on February 11th.
The NFL player has had his fair share of legal troubles over the past ten months, including an arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession in January and a gun charge that was part of his arrest in February, when police found a loaded Sig Sauer 516 rifle on a bathroom floor.
The 49ers head coach said earlier this year, “We can promise you guys…if there’s someone who ever hits their significant other, girlfriends, some person like that, that person is not going to be on our team. I feel strongly about that. I know John does. I know our ownership does. That’s how we feel about it. Obviously, Reuben is on our team right now, so we’re waiting to see how that goes. But if that’s something that we felt he did or ended up happening, you guys will see how we feel.”
Now, the team has kept their word and released a statement saying, “The San Francisco 49ers today announced they are releasing Reuben Foster.”
Coach Shanahan was NOT playing!