A domestic violence charge against Reuben Foster stemming from an alleged incident in November has been dropped, according to WFLA-TV in Tampa.
Foster was due in court Thursday for an arraignment, however it was canceled because the charge was dismissed.
The alleged incident happened while Foster was playing for the 49ers. He was arrested for an alleged domestic violence incident at the team hotel in Tampa, Fla., on Nov. 24 around 9 p.m. local time when San Francisco was staying there ahead of its Week 12 matchup against the Buccaneers.
Tampa police indicated Foster was involved in a “verbal altercation” with a 28-year-old woman. According to WFLA, Foster is alleged to have “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.”
Foster, 24, was charged with one count of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail, according to reports.
The linebacker was released by the 49ers a day after the altercation. The Redskins signed him two days later, although the NFL placed Foster on the commissioner’s exempt list, making him ineligible to practice or play as the league investigates the Tampa incident.
Foster’s ex-girlfriend, Elissa Ennis, is believed to be the person who called police to the 49ers’ team hotel Nov. 24, claiming Foster assaulted her. Earlier this year, Ennis accused Foster of domestic violence but later admitted she had fabricated the story in an effort to end his career.
Foster’s attorney, Eddie Suarez, told TMZ.com that he believes the charge against Foster was dropped because of issues with witness credibility. Suarez indicated another factor it was dismissed was because Foster’s “accuser has changed her story about a previous domestic violence incident multiple times.”