By Rickey Hampton, Editor and Founder of TheAfricanAmericanAthlete.com
It was all a lie. A damn, lie.
Back in February Elissa Ennis accused San Francisco 49ers linebacker Rueben Foster of brutally beating her to the point she suffered a ruptured eardrum.
But according to Ennis’ sworn preliminary testimony in domestic violence case in a Santa Clara, Calif., court on Thursday, Ennis admitted that Foster did no such thing.
In fact, Foster seems to be the victim of Ennis’ retribution for ending the relationship.
She planned to ruin not only his career, but his life. She wanted to take his money, and ruin his reputation and career, and send him to jail. The 24-year-old former Alabama linebacker faces up to 11-years in prison for felony domestic abuse and three other charges.
“I wanted him to go down,” Ennis told the court.
Ennis had it all planned out. And, it was shockingly easy to put into motion. “It was all a money scheme,” Ennis told the court. “I didn’t want to get this far in the news. It was about money.” She also admitted to stealing $8,000 in cash from Foster, two Rolex watches, and designer clothing.
Let’s be clear, in this era of the #METOO movement, issues of domestic abuse and sexual harassment are being taken very seriously, as well it should. At no time should a person ever force him/her self on another person, or put hands on a person in a violent way.
However, what this case may show things aren’t always what they seem. And for high profile professional athletes and entertainers, they can easily become victims. There are people out there who prey on athletes for their wealth. There are women like Ennis trying to make a fast buck. There are guys in bars who would love to start a fight with a multi-millionaire athlete, and settle it a few months later in court.
Let this be a warning to all high profile athletes that in this day and age of instant media, one mistake can go very bad, and the world can see it. And, be wary of those who come into your life. I am sure if Rueben Foster knew that Elissa Ennis had such sinister plans for him, he would have never gotten involved with her.
With Ennis’ admission, it seems unlikely the case will not go to trial, although Foster still faces charges for the illegal possession of a firearm. However, even if the domestic abuse charges are dropped, and Foster is completely vindicated, he still loses.
I remember all the news reports regarding Foster back in February. He was being made out to be this monster of sorts. And, the fact he is a big, strong black guy with braids made him all the more menacing to some. There will be a lot of people who remember what happened to Foster back in February, but won’t remember that he seems to be the victim here.
In the end, Rueben Foster is going to lose, even if he wins.