NFL

Prosecutors mull charges vs. 49ers' Brooks

07/03 3:15 PM

An arrest warrant alleging that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle has been put on hold at the request of prosecutors, who are reportedly "close" to make a decision on whether to file charges.

SAN FRANCISCO -- An arrest warrant alleging that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle has been put on hold at the request of prosecutors, who are reportedly "close" to deciding whether to file charges.

Authorities in San Jose sought the warrant last week to arrest Brooks on suspicion of committing felony assault with a deadly weapon. A judge signed it Thursday, but the county district attorney's office asked to have it set aside the next day, Santa Clara Superior Court spokesman Joe Macaluso said.

"The case is not done," assistant district attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery told The Sacramento Bee on Wednesday. "And that's where we are."

Sinunu-Towery said Wednesday his office will decide next week whether to bring charges against Brooks.

According to police, Brooks, 29, hit teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early-morning argument on June 8. The alleged attack left Divens with a 3-inch cut on his forehead, according to police statements accompanying the warrant application.

Divens declined to press charges against Brooks, according to The Bee. Sinunu-Towery told the newspaper the case was filed to the judge due to "an internal error," and additional information, including medical information, was needed before it could be decided whether to file charges.

Brooks, Divens and teammates Lawrence Okoye and Mike Purcell had been drinking and went to a bar before returning to Brooks' house. Divens pretended to throw Brooks' keys in the grass, although he actually had held onto the keys, prompting the attack, according to the statements.

Investigators were told that Brooks was intoxicated and had threatened to get a gun, according to the statements.

A person who answered the telephone at a number listed for Brooks referred comment to the 49ers. The team said in an email that it was aware of the situation but would not comment for now.

Brooks started every regular-season game last season, finishing with 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles.

He signed a six-year, $44.5 million contract extension with the 49ers last year.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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