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    ***** release Reuben Foster after domestic-violence arrest in Florida
    Eric Branch
    Nov. 25, 2018
    Updated: Nov. 25, 2018 5:55 a.m.

    TAMPA, Fla. — The ***** released Reuben Foster on Sunday less than 12 hours after the troubled inside linebacker was arrested on one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic-violence battery Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

    The team announced Foster’s release via a brief statement: “The San Francisco ***** today announced they are releasing Reuben Foster.”

    Foster, 24, was arrested at 9:10 p.m. local time and booked into Hillsborough County Jail at 11:11 p.m., according to a custody report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. No bond was immediately posted. The ***** stayed at the Grand Hyatt before their game against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

    The alleged victim is Elissa Ennis, 28, a source said. In May, a Santa Clara County Court judge dropped domestic-violence charges against Foster, a week after Ennis took the stand and recanted her allegations that Foster struck her in Los Gatos on Feb. 11.

    In a statement, the Tampa Police said Foster and the “female victim” have been involved “in an on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years.” Per the statement, they were involved in a verbal altercation Saturday during which “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.”

    Two members of the hotel’s valet-parking staff said an ambulance was at the Grand Hyatt earlier in the evening. A mug shot of the sheriff’s website showed Foster in an orange jail clothes. He was arrested by Tampa police officers.

    The incident is the latest in a string of legal troubles for Foster over the past 10 months.

    Shortly after the judge dropped domestic-violence charges in May, ***** general manager John Lynch released a statement saying, “It has been made clear to Reuben that his place on this team is one that must continue to be earned.”

    In April, when Foster was away from the team due to his legal issues, head coach Kyle Shanahan said the ***** had a zero-tolerance domestic-violence policy.

    “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,” Shanahan said. “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.”

    Foster still served a two-game NFL suspension to start this season because of his arrest for misdemeanor marijuana possession in January in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and a gun charge that was part of his arrest on Feb. 11, when a loaded Sig Sauer 516 rifle was found on a bathroom floor. In June, Foster pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor weapons charge and was ordered to perform 232 hours of community service. He was also given two years of probation, during which he is barred from possessing guns.

    In 2017, before he was drafted, Foster failed a drug test at the NFL combine after allegedly submitting a diluted urine sample. He was kicked out of the combine after an altercation with a hospital employee.

    Concerns about Foster’s character caused him to nearly slip out of the first round of the draft before the ***** traded up three spots to select him with the No. 31 overall pick. At Alabama, Foster won the Butkus Award, which is given to the nation’s best linebacker, and he was viewed as a top-10 pick based on his talent.

    In 2017, Foster ranked second on the team in tackles (72) despite missing six games with injuries and was the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. This season, Foster played in just six of 10 games and has 29 tackles.

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