Lowell Cohn: 49ers' Ahmad Brooks must explain attack on teammate

  • 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks, like most NFL players, feels that even an assault on a teammate isn't worth discussing since it has nothing to do with football. (JOHN BURGESS / The Press Democrat)

Everyone who interviewed Ahmad Brooks Thursday night after the 49ers lost to the Broncos said he was a perfect gentleman.

Brooks spoke at his locker, in the sense of not uttering a single worthwhile word. But words did come out of his mouth.

Brooks is famous because he plays linebacker for the 49ers.

Brooks is infamous because on June 8 he allegedly whacked teammate Lamar Divens on the head three times with a beer bottle opening a 3-inch gash. Brooks then is reported to have threatened to shoot Divens with a gun.

During the first two weeks of preseason workouts, the media made several requests to interview Brooks, the bottler. The 49ers denied all requests in clear violation of the NFL's media policy. Teams are required to make players available to the press.

But the 49ers couldn't protect Brooks Thursday night. It's not like Jim Harbaugh could hide Brooks in the broom closet or tell him to take an extra long shower. He might have emerged looking like a prune. So there he was talking.

What did he say for himself?

“I have nothing to say about it right now,“ he said, “it” being the alleged attack on Divens. “It's a distraction to the team and I just want to move forward. It's in the past. What happened obviously happened. It's a distraction to the team, so I don't think it needs to be talked about. It's not about football, and that's how I want to approach it.”

Asked if he apologized to the team for apparently assaulting a fellow 49er, Brooks reasoned, “There was no apology needed. I had nothing to say about it.”

Brooks' remarks, so casual, so lacking in substance, make me want to throw up. You, too, should run for the barf bag.

So, what was Brooks actually telling the media, 49ers fans and the world?

“It's a distraction,”

Hmmm. He means it would distract the team if he explained what actually happened.


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