NFL linebacker, Reuben Foster, has been cut by the San Francisco 49ers following what is another sad and unfortunate case of domestic violence. Foster was arrested in Tampa Florida while at the team hotel that the 49ers were staying at for their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tampa police released a statement stating that following a verbal altercation with a Elisa Ennis, 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.” Foster was booked in jail and is being held without bail.
49ers head coach, Kyle Shanahan, handled the situation well, while he isn’t dead to him, but also expressed his disappointment in his former player.
To be blessed with so much athletic talent and so little brains is a terrible thing. Imagine being so good at any sport that you’re able to make it to the professional level, making millions of dollars playing a sport and doing what you love for a living. Now imagine messing all of that up because you decided you wanted to hit your wife or girlfriend. Not to stereotype, but men are supposed to take care of and protect women, especially those close to us, whether it be mothers, sisters, wives, girlfriends or friends. Obviously the issue of domestic violence exists outside of the NFL, and is something that occurs everyday with people who aren’t professional athletes, but when you’re famous, you’re under a spotlight. As a professional athlete, you have an entire team, organization and fanbase that is meant to be represented in the best way possible, which can’t be done by getting in trouble on or off the field. More importantly, these athletes are role models for children. Kids watch their favorite team and players all the time wanting to be like them when they grow up. Hitting women sets a terrible example for the youth who idolize these men and look at them like superheroes. Foster is the latest to make such a stupid decision and waste his talent.
Foster has had issues off the field since he was in college, where he tested positive for weed while he was playing at Alabama. He then had his first domestic violence incident, a time in which his same girlfriend, Ennis, testified in court claiming that Foster never hit her and that she made false accusations. Foster received no punishment for this.
One thing that’s for sure is that the 49ers organization made the right move cutting Foster. Someone who is willing to hit his girlfriend has no place in the NFL and no place being a free man. I hope Foster gets time to think about what he did while sitting in a prison cell.