49er Reuben Foster arrested on domestic violence charge in Florida


Eric Branch Nov. 25, 2018 Updated: Nov. 25, 2018 5:03 a.m.

*of 3Reuben Foster's mug shot.Photo: Hillsborough County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office

*of 3San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) on the sidelines during an NFL game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Levi's Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Santa Clara, Calif. Foster was arrested for domestic-violence battery on Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where the 49ers are staying before playing the Buccaneers on Sunday.//Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle

*of 3In this Oct. 22, 2017, file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster (56) stands on the sideline during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Foster was arrested for domestic-violence battery on Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where the 49ers are staying before playing the Buccaneers on Sunday.//Photo: Marcio Jose Sanchez, Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic-violence battery Saturday night at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, where the team was staying before playing the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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 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.

Team officials were unavailable for comment about Foster's arrest. 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, 49ers 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 49ers 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 49ers 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 has played in just six of 10 games and has 29 tackles.

/Chronicle staff writer Dominic Fracassa contributed to this report./

Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: ebranch@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @Eric_Branch



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The San Francisco 49ers announced Sunday morning that they will release linebacker Reuben Foster , who was arrested Saturday night at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, on charges of domestic violence.

LB Foster arrested on domestic violence charge

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested on charges of domestic violence Saturday night at the team hotel in Tampa, Florida, ahead of Sunday's game against the Buccaneers.

An arrest report from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office said Foster was booked into jail at 11:11 p.m. ET. Bond was set at $2,000 during a bail hearing Sunday morning.

Foster was arrested by Tampa police at 9:10 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the team is staying before playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

General manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan said in April following a previous arrest for Foster on domestic violence charges that were eventually dropped that the team had a zero-tolerance policy on the issue.

According to a statement released by Tampa police, Foster and a 28-year-old woman were involved in a verbal altercation Saturday night. The woman told police that during the altercation, Foster "slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area and slapped her with an open hand on the right side of her face," the statement said. Police said a 1-inch scratch was observed on the woman's left collarbone.

Police also said in the statement that Foster and the woman lived together in the past and had been involved in an "on-again-off-again relationship over the past three years."

Foster has had multiple run-ins with the law since being drafted by the 49ers 31st overall in 2017.

Foster was charged in January in Alabama with second-degree marijuana possession. That charge was eventually dismissed after he completed a first-time offender diversion course.

Foster then faced more serious charges for an incident at his home in Los Gatos, California, in February. He was initially charged in April with felonies for domestic violence, making criminal threats and weapons possession after being accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend.

A judge ruled there was no probable cause on the first two charges after the ex-girlfriend recanted the allegations and the judge found no other evidence to support the charges. The weapons charge was reduced to a misdemeanor and Foster pleaded no contest to that in June.

He was sentenced to two years' probation, 232 hours of community service, and $235 in fines. He will not be allowed to own guns while he's on probation.

After the charges were dropped, Lynch said Foster was told he would have to continue to earn his place on the team with his behavior.

Foster was suspended the first two games of the season for violating the NFL's conduct and substance abuse policies.

Foster has struggled on the field this season as he has dealt with shoulder and hamstring injuries. He had missed the past two games because of a hamstring injury and had been listed as questionable for Sunday.

Foster has 29 tackles in six games this season with no sacks, forced fumbles, fumble recoveries or interceptions. He has also missed 10 tackles in six games, according to SportRadar, and has the second-highest rate of missed tackles among any linebacker with at least 200 snaps on defense.

/The Associated Press contributed to this report./