Reuben Foster’s Ex-Girlfriend: Domestic Violence Claim ‘A Money Scheme’

Tyler Conway May 17, 2018

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, center, arrives with his attorney Joshua Bentley, left, at Santa Clara County Superior Court, Thursday, May 17, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. Foster pleaded not guilty Tuesday, May 8, 2018, to charges stemming from allegations that he attacked his then-girlfriend in their home in February. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled today, at which point Foster's former girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, may testify under oath. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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Elissa Ennis, the ex-girlfriend of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster, took the stand Thursday and admitted she lied to police and fabricated domestic violence claims.

“I wanted to sue Reuben. It was a money scheme. It was all about money. I wanted to get him,” Ennis testified under oath, per David Lombardi of The Athletic.

Ennis said she became enraged after Foster tried to break up with her and made up the claims in an attempt to extort him.

“I was threatening Reuben that I was going to f–k up his career,” Ennis said.

She also testified she flagged down a passerby to call 911 on Foster after considering whether to falsify charges following a verbal altercation.

“I told him I’m about to f–k yo s–t up, make sure you don’t have a job tomorrow…” Ennis said. “I really wanted to kill him. I was so hurt.”

Ennis originally told police Foster punched her 10 times, dragged her down a flight of stairs, threw her phone, physically forced her outside and then spit on her. The 49ers linebacker was arrested on felony domestic violence and weapons charges in February. He was officially charged in April despite Ennis recanting her story later that month.

The Santa Clara District Attorney’s office pushed back Foster’s formal arraignment after Ennis came forward last month by publicly admitting her story was a lie.

The 49ers said they will release Foster if the allegations prove true. He could still be subject to an investigation by the NFL, as the league does not state a player must be formally charged or convicted with a violent crime to violate the personal conduct policy.