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SportsPulse: By means of signing anyone simply arrested days in the past on home abuse fees, and no longer even giving Colin Kaepernick a exercise after Alex Smith’s damage, tells you all you want to learn about how the Redskins run issues.
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The ex-girlfriend of NFL linebacker Reuben Foster spoke publicly for the primary time Thursday concerning the incident that ended in Foster’s arrest in Florida last month — and the Washington Redskins’ decision to sign him after he was released by the San Francisco 49ers.

In an interview with ABC News that aired Thursday morning, Elissa Ennis said the Redskins’ decision to sign Foster shortly after he was cut by the 49ers felt like a “slap in the face.”

“When he got signed, I was like, I can’t believe somebody picked him up,” Ennis told ABC News. “I was shocked.”

Ennis told the television network she has been in an on-and-off relationship with Foster for several years, and Foster invited her to Florida a few weeks ago so “we could work on our relationship.” Ennis said the Nov. 24 assault occurred after she told Foster that she was going to tell his new girlfriend that he had paid for Ennis’ flight to visit him.

USA TODAY Sports activities does no longer determine alleged sufferers of home violence until they make a selection to come back ahead publicly.

Foster, 24, was once arrested on suspicion of home battery and is scheduled to be arraigned in Tampa on Jan. three. He has since been put on the commissioner’s exempt record as his case is adjudicated, fighting him from taking part in or practising for his new NFL crew.

Ennis’ legal professional, Adante Pointer, prior to now instructed USA TODAY Sports activities that his consumer would cooperate with government. Messages left with Foster’s legal professional within the days after his arrest weren’t returned.

The November incident marked the second one time this yr that Ennis, 28, has accused Foster of home violence. She recanted her earlier allegations in Santa Clara (Calif.) County courtroom however instructed ABC Information on Thursday that she was once, if truth be told, abused and lied to give protection to Foster.

“I did what I needed to do for the individual I beloved,” Ennis mentioned, when requested about why she recanted the ones February allegations. “I believed he would trade. Any one in my place, they’d’ve executed the similar factor in the event that they shared a circle of relatives with this particular person.”

When requested for remark via USA TODAY Sports activities on Thursday, Santa Clara County District Legal professional Jeff Rosen reissued a up to date commentary explaining that his workplace was once “unhappy, regardless that no longer stunned” and “exploring the felony choices” in relation to Foster.

“You will need to remember that many sufferers of home violence recant, reduce, and will also blame themselves for the abuse that they endure by the hands in their spouse,” Rosen mentioned in a separate commentary Thursd. “Figuring out the cycle of violence and the criteria that affect a sufferer to lie for her abuser is part of prosecuting those circumstances. Our objective is to hunt and provide the reality and hang home violence abusers criminally responsible.”

Ennis instructed ABC Information she concept she beloved Foster, however conversations in treatment have modified her standpoint. 

“I have been getting assist and stuff like that,” she mentioned. “This isn’t love.”

Contributing: A.J. Perez

Touch Tom Schad at tschad@usatoday.com or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.