San Francisco 49ers rookies Lawrence Okoye and Michael Purcell were the two players who witnessed the June 8 incident in which linebacker Ahmad Brooks allegedly smashed teammate Lamar Divens in the head with a beer bottle, according to multiple reports. Other than Brooks, the players face tenuous positions on the team, which may explain their hesitance to discuss the matter. Okoye is a British Olympian trying to earn a spot on an American football team. Purcell signed as an undrafted free agent and Divens played on the practice squad player in 2012. Charges are pending against Brooks regarding the alleged assault, according to the San Jose Mercury-News. Also, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office remains undecided on whether it will issue a warrant for Brooks' arrest and charge him with assault. ---Washington Redskins fullback and Naval Reserve officer Eric Kettani told NFL Network that he gotten "hate mail" for delaying his military career to pursue a job in the NFL. Kettani is competing for a spot on the team's active roster. An agreement lets Kettani serve in public affairs for seven years in the reserves while he competes for an NFL roster spot. The hate mail "said 'go back to the military and what you signed up for,'" Kettani told NFL Network. "They have every right to say that." Kettani spent three years of active duty after graduating from the Naval Academy in 2009 and was on New England's reserve/military list. He spent last season on Washington's practice squad after being released by the New England Patriots. ---Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis used to climb over offensive linemen to reach opposing quarterbacks. Now, Lewis has embarking on a different climb to raise awareness for clean water projects in Africa. The two-time Super Bowl champion departed Wednesday for a trek to the 19,340 foot summit of Mt, Kilimanjaro, the continent's highest point. The team, which includes former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris and Doug Pitt, the brother of Hollywood actor Brad Pitt and the goodwill ambassador to the country, expects to complete its quest at some point Sunday. The mission is called TackleKili and was initiated to benefit WorldServe International. Before leaving, the party visited a local village to provide hearing aids to local children.
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By The Sports Xchange July 4, 2013 7:50 PM