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49ers' Brooks could face assault charges

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Charges are pending against San Francisco 49ers lineback Ahmad Brooks after an alleged assault of teammate Lamar Divens last month, according to the San Jose Mercury-News.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office remains uncertain whether it will issue a warrant for Brooks' arrest and charge him with assault.

The alleged incident took place June 8 when Brooks hit Divens, a defensive lineman, with a beer bottle on the head three times and punched him in the face. Divens needed three stitches.

Divens originally planned to pursue charges against his teamate but decided against it several days later.

"Divens said this would be bad for both of their careers and that he just wanted to keep playing and that they had resolved it," according to the documents.

Two other 49ers players were witnesses, court records indicated. One gave a statement to police saying Divens drove an intoxicated Brooks home from a night out and there was a fight over car keys outside Brooks' house at 2 a.m.

Brooks allegedly began swearing at Divens, hit him on the head with the bottle and said, "Do I need to get my (expletive) gun?"

The 29-year-old Brooks signed a six-year contract extension worth $44.5 million last year with the 49ers.

An eight-year veteran, Brooks had 46 tackles and one interception in 16 regular-season games last year. In the NFC Championship game, he knocked down a third-down pass to help stop an Atlanta Falcons drive in the 49ers' 28-24 win that gave them a Super Bowl berth.
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