San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks will soon find out if he’ll be charged for assault against his teammate, Lamar Divens. The Santa Clara District Attorney office is “close” to deciding whether or not to charge Brooks after Divens did not want to press charges.
Brooks allegedly smashed a bottle over Divens head after he said he was too drunk to drive home. Divens initially wanted to press chargers and two unnamed 49ers were witnesses and submitted statements to the police, but changed his mind and decided to leave the decision for charges up to the prosecutors.
Brooks has had a checkered past, including being dismissed from the University of Virginia after the 2005 season. He later had to enter the NFL Supplemental Draft and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. After being picked up off waivers, the 49ers moved Brooks to outside linebacker and he’s been a playmaking pass-rusher ever since.
Whether or not Brooks does get charged, the beginning of Brooks’ season is in doubt, as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has shown an affinity to suspend players that are in trouble with the law.
The 49ers will need all hands on deck for the first couple weeks of the regular season as they open up against the Green Bay Packers and then take on division rival Seattle Seahawks in week 2.
Whether or not Brooks gets charged, I doubt smashing a bottle over a teammates head will prove if you’re sober enough to drive home.