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49ers' Ahmad Brooks won't face assault charges

  • FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2013 file photo, San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks walks off the field after the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans. Prosecutors have requested the court shelve a signed arrest warrant for pro-football player Ahmad Brooks of the 49ers. The warrant alleges Brooks hit another teammate in the head with a beer bottle multiple times. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, file)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said Thursday it won't pursue assault charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks because of insufficient evidence in the case.

Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu-Towery said that Brooks will not face prosecution after further investigation into allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle in a June incident.

The district attorney's office said early this month there was no arrest warrant for Brooks after one initially had been filed erroneously.

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

Police statements said Brooks, Divens and others had been drinking and went to a bar before returning to Brooks' house. Divens pretended to throw Brooks' keys in the grass, though he had actually held onto the keys, prompting the attack. Investigators were told Brooks was intoxicated and had threatened to get a gun.


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