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Reuben Foster has domestic violence charges dropped

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He gets a third chance to put his life in order. 

After being released from the San Francisco 49ers, due to a domestic violence charge, the Washington Redskins were hesitant about signing Reuben Foster. The second-year linebacker was a dominant force at the University of Alabama; however, the National Football League does not take kindly to offenders of domestic violence.

Elissa Ennis, the woman he was involved with the first time, claimed that the 2016 Butkus Award winner struck her again. The first report happened in February of 2017, when Foster was arrested for being under suspicion for domestic violence and was also in possession of an assault rifle.  

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Ennis would recant her statement and Foster went back to the 49ers.

According to a report from ESPN, another incident happened on Nov. 24 – involving he and Ennis. This situation took place in Tampa, Fla., however, prosecutors claimed there was “insufficient” evidence against Foster. 

An arraignment was scheduled for Foster at Hillsborough County court on Thursday, but records indicate the case being dropped. While he finds a way to get himself back focused, former teammates of Foster at Alabama vouched for him to be a part of the Redskins’ organization. 

For a team that already has Jonathan Allen, Ryan Anderson, Da’Ron Payne, Shaun Dion Hamilton and Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix on defense, adding Foster puts him in a controlled environment.

It could end up being the best thing for him, seeing how Nick Saban had a no none sense policy with the Crimson Tide. Having those extensions of his former college coach on a professional roster with him, should provide Foster with some guidelines moving forward. He was a talented player when he entered the National Football League, and now everyone just needs for him to find his place and stick to it.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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