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Reuben Foster's domestic assault accuser has spoken out to lambast the Washington Redskins for scooping him up within hours of his arrest last month after he was let by the San Francisco 49ers for allegedly attacking her.
Elissa Ennis, Foster's 28-year-old ex-girlfriend, called 911 in November claiming the linebacker had grabbed her phone, smashed it and then slapped her in the face at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Tampa Bay, Florida.
She claims he flew her there so that they could work on their tumultuous relationship. Ennis previously accused him of domestic assault in February and took him to court but suddenly recanted her story and claimed she had made it all up to extort him.
After his November arrest, the 49ers, which signed him for $9million in 2017 on a four year deal when he was 23, released him, describing the incident as 'disappointing'.
Elissa Ennis, 28, tearfully told on Thursday how her ex-boyfriend Reuben Foster, 24, allegedly slapped her during a November 25 fight. He was released by the San Francisco 49ers the same day but was picked up by the Washington Redskins two days later
Two days later, the Washington Redskins claimed his rights off waivers meaning they agreed to inherit the deal he had negotiated with the 49ers. Foster, 24, is not allowed to practice, play or take part in any league activities while the police investigation continues but is still collecting a salary of $50,000-a-week.
On Thursday, Ennis recalled her horror at learning her alleged attacker had been picked up by another team.
'When he got signed, I was like, "I can't believe somebody picked him up."
'How many hours after?' she told Good Morning America, describing it as 'another slap in the face'.
She and Foster had begun seeing other people when she says he flew her to Tampa to see him on November 25.
The 49ers were playing the next day so she went to the hotel where they were staying.
The pair - who Ennis said 'shared a family' - got in a fight not long after she arrived which started when she threatened to tell his new girlfriend that he had paid for her airfare.
'He took one of my phones and he slapped and pushed me,' she said.
In the police report that was later filed, officers described her being left with a scratch on the side of her face. She shared photographs of the injuries for the first time on Thursday.
She alleged that it was one of many attacks he subjected her to during their relationship.
Ennis shared photographs of her injuries from the night of the alleged attack. The fight started when she threatened to tell Foster's new girlfriend that he had flown her to Florida from California to be with him
Ennis said on Thursday that she thought her boyfriend would change after months of sustained abuse
The fight in November happened at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Tampa Bay where the night before a 49ers game
In October, she said another incident prompted the neighbors to phone the police.
On other occasions, she said, he 'threw my clothes out the balcony, threw my stuff out the house, dragged me down the stairs, punched me in the face, kicked me and spit on me.'
She stayed with him despite the abuse because she 'loved him' and hoped he would change.
Foster was arrested for domestic violence but was released on a $2,000 bond the next day
'Love will have you doing things that aren't in your best interests. I thought that he would change,' she said.
Speaking of her decision in February to walk back her first domestic assault allegation against him, she said she was doing what she thought was right.
'I was not telling the truth. I did what I had to do for the person I loved,' she said, tearfully adding: 'Anybody in my position would have done the same thing too.'
After calling the police on November 25, Elissa claimed other 49ers players leaped to his defense.
They got involved when deputies arrived and told them that she was the same woman who had 'lied' about him abusing her in February.
Foster was arrested nonetheless and was freed on a $2,000 bail. The team dropped him afterwards.
John Lynch, the 49ers General Manager, said at the time: 'It's extremely disappointing... for everybody in here.
In February, Ennis told police Foster (they are shown above in May arriving at court) punched her repeatedly in a separate attack. She later recanted the claims, saying instead that her injuries were from a fight with a woman and that she was trying to get money out of her ex-boyfriend. Now, she says her 'lie' was a lie and that she was trying to protect him
'We care a lot about Reuben and I can tell you that it was a situation where we laid down some very specific ground rules for Reuben, as we do for all of the players.
'Unfortunately what transpired, this isn't a comment on what happened there because that would be mere speculation, it's more of a comment on him not living up to what we communicated to him.
'It's in the best interest of our organization to move on at this point.'
No other NFL teams expressed interest aside from the Redskins. It issued a statement after pouncing on him to say that it did not 'condone' domestic violence but that more investigation was required into the incident.
The team said it would conduct its own investigation into what happened too.
The Redskins issued this statement after picking Foster up on November 27
Doug Williams, senior vice president for player personnel, infuriated the industry the next day when, in a radio interview, he described the allegations against Foster as 'small potatoes' compared to people in 'high, high, high, high places that have done far worse.'
He apologized the next day, saying he had 'never in his life said something so insensitive'.
Foster's deal with the Redskins remains in place pending the outcome of the Tampa Bay Police Department investigation.
He has not commented since his arrest and the Redskins did not return DailyMail.com's inquiries on Thursday morning.
In January this year, Foster was arrested in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for marijuana possession.