49ersí Ahmad Brooks could face charges for assaulting teammate
"It was a complete fumble on our part," Santa Clara County Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery said on Wednesday.
Authorities in San Jose submitted an application seeking arrest warrant for Brooks last week on suspicion of committing felony assault with a deadly weapon. Although a judge signed the warrant on Thursday, the county district attorney’s office asked to have it set aside the next day, Santa Clara Superior Court spokesman Joe Macaluso said
However, the investigation is ongoing, with the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office still deliberating whether to file assault charges against Brooks. Sinunu-Towery said additional information, including medical information, was needed, in connection with the assault incident earlier last month, before deciding whether to file charges.
"We have not completed the investigation, We recalled the warrant. We will announce next week whether or not we will press charges,” Sinunu-Towery said. “I just want to confirm: There is no warrant outstanding. There is no arrest outstanding."
According to the police, Brooks and teammates Lamar Divens, Lawrence Okoye as well as Mike Purcell had been drinking in San Joe before returning to Brooks’ home on June 8. Divens pretended throw the keys to Brooks’ car in the grass, while actually holding on to them, which prompted the attack. Brooks hit Divens three times on the head with a bottle and then punched him in the face during the fight. The 29-year-old Brooks also threatened to get a gun, according to court documents.
Divens needed stitches for a three-inch gash on the forehead following the assault incident, according to police statements.
Although Divens initially wanted to press assault charges against Brooks, he changed his mind five days later, telling the police that further legal action would be 'bad for both of their careers.’
The San Francisco 49ers released the following statement on Wednesday:
"We are aware of the situation involving Brooks. Out of respect for the legal process, the club will have no further comment at this time."
Brooks was previously charged with assault in another incident in 2008, which makes this strike two. He will most likely face further discipline from NFL commissioner Roger Godell, who has the final say in matters involving personal conduct. However, at this point, it is not known if Goodell is reviewing Brooks’ case.