Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there have been a lot of NFL players getting themselves in trouble recently, and now the Bay Area is getting its first dose.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks could be charged with assaulting teammate Lamar Divens. The District Attorney’s office is currently still considering seeking a warrant for Brooks’ arrest and charging him with the crime.
The incident happened on June 8, when, according to the report, Brooks allegedly struck Divens “three times in the head with a beer bottle and then punched him in the face during an argument over car keys outside Brooks’ house in San Jose. The alleged attack left Divens bloodied and requiring three stitches.”
Here’s more from the report, which indicated that Brooks, Divens, and several other 49ers were drinking that night:
The unidentified witness said Brooks was too intoxicated to drive home, so Divens drove. When they got to Brooks’ house about 2 a.m. on June 8, Brooks asked for his keys. Divens pretended to chuck them onto the grass and then started to hand them to him.
Brooks then allegedly clocked Divens in the head with a beer bottle. Brooks allegedly began cursing and then struck him in the head again. Brooks allegedly asked Divens, “Do I need to get my (expletive deleted) gun?” and struck him again. Prosecutors also allege in the warrant that Brooks punched Divens.
A judge signed the arrest warrant last Thursday, but the DA’s office asked the court to hold it. If the warrant had gone through, Brooks would have been charged with felony assault, which carries a maximum sentence of four years in prison.
Brooks, an outside linebacker, played in all 16 games in the regular season last year, recording 46 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He has spent the past four seasons with the 49ers, and signed a six-year, $44.5 million contract extension in February of 2012.
Divens, who hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2010, was signed to a future/reserve contract by the 49ers earlier this year.
Regardless of whether or not charges are pressed, the 49ers have to be concerned about Brooks. He has been in trouble with the law before, dating back to 2008, when, as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, he was accused of punching a woman in the face. He was also busted for possession of marijuana in 2003.