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Okoye, Purcell witnessed Ahmad Brooks’ assault of teammate

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For British Olympian Lawrence Okoye, his introduction to American football has included something Okoye likely didn’t expect.

Per multiple reports, Okoye (pictured) and fellow undrafted rookie Michael Purcell witnessed linebacker Ahmad Brooks repeatedly (allegedly) bash teammate Lamar Divens in the head with a beer bottle on June 8.

As to the three guys in the quartet who didn’t sign a multi-million-dollar contract in 2012, the dilemma is clear.  At a time when they’re trying to make the cut from 90 to 53, causing problems for the team could cause problems for them.

That’s likely why Divens, a practice-squad player in 2012, decided that pressing charges “would be bad for both of their careers.”  Bad for Brooks, because he’d be facing discipline from the team and the league.  Bad for Divens, because there are plenty of other guys who can do what he does — guys who haven’t helped make a mess for the organization.

None of it matters if Santa Clara prosecutors choose to take a cue from the college-town playbook and look the other way when a member of the popular local football team gets in trouble.  The difference between the Bay Area and Gainesville, however, is that the local media won’t look the other way, too.

And now that the issue has landed on the radar screen of the national media, a decision not to charge Brooks for beating up someone who had tried to keep Brooks from driving drunk likely will be met with widespread criticism.

Either way, and as a commenter pointed out in response to our first item on this issue, there’s a different answer, at least for now, to the question of “who’s got it better than us?”

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55 Responses to “Okoye, Purcell witnessed Ahmad Brooks’ assault of teammate”
  1. tvguy22 says: Jul 4, 2013 10:48 AM

    I already know the answer, and it’s in the tags at the bottom, but there is no mention of the team these gentlemen play for in the piece.

  2. swaggyy says: Jul 4, 2013 10:49 AM

    The Seattle Seahawks got it better than you clowns.

  3. thesteelers says: Jul 4, 2013 10:49 AM

    A team takes on the personality of the coach, they say.

  4. Iknoweverything says: Jul 4, 2013 10:50 AM

    Brooks was only behaving like the typical fortyWHiner fan in the parking lot after a game.

    Mr. Divens was being responsible and admitted to being too drunk to drive, so Brooks roid rage kicked in.

    A nun wearing a opposing team jersey would receive the same treatment from those classy 49er “fans”

    What is going to happen this year when Seattle rolls into town, beats the Niners down, humiliates them, makes Harbaugh cry and whine again, spits at midfield?
    Are the fans and Brooks going to riot and burn down the city?

  5. jwilliamsspf says: Jul 4, 2013 10:51 AM

    Classy 49ers, like always.

  6. 87hollywoodhorn says: Jul 4, 2013 10:53 AM

    he got drunks as a skunk and tried to put the keys in the wrong car!

  7. ddogdaddy says: Jul 4, 2013 10:54 AM

    Everybody.

  8. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 4, 2013 10:57 AM

    “Bad for Brooks, because he’d be facing discipline from the team and the league”

    __________

    Im pretty sure that repeatedly bashing someone in the head with a beer bottle is a felony.

    Its good to be an athlete I guess. It sounds like the biggest thing Brooks has to worry about is running laps or something.

  9. lgw91s says: Jul 4, 2013 10:58 AM

    It doesn’t matter if charges are being pressed or not. This file is now located in the ‘in’ basket of Sherrif Goodell.

  10. beavertonsteve says: Jul 4, 2013 10:58 AM

    Ahmad Brooks must be part of that bad boy 2012 Rams draft class.

  11. crystalcoastraider says: Jul 4, 2013 11:00 AM

    Well, did it stop him from driving drunk? You left out a big part of the story.

  12. hedleykow says: Jul 4, 2013 11:04 AM

    Of the Brits I’ve ever known, a simple beer bottle clobbering would never be an entirely unexpected part of any day.

  13. apkyletexas says: Jul 4, 2013 11:05 AM

    Aaron Hernandez is offering his services to Mr. Divens – to “get even” (Grand Theft Auto-style) with Mr. Brooks.

  14. spittabeatz says: Jul 4, 2013 11:08 AM

    its just a little fight..not that big a deal..i don’t see the issue here..if divens didnt press chargers then who cares

  15. bunjy96 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:09 AM

    Hopefully, the security cameras caught all the action then the police won’t need “witnesses”, now that Divens has been paid off.

    Why hasn’t Brooks been arrested already?

    Over a month and no arrest, who else got paid? Where is the local media?

    If that was you or me, we’d be in jail right now.

    Why isn’t Santa Clara any different than Gainesville?

  16. vermonator says: Jul 4, 2013 11:12 AM

    Seahawks fans just love to hate on the Niners any chance they get. Enjoy it while it lasts because it wont. Brooks will be disciplined, regardless of what the courts decide.

  17. bigwinintx says: Jul 4, 2013 11:14 AM

    Karma is real Brooks, it’s just a matter of time before you’re on the receiving end of a classless beatdown and you’ll want the world to pity you.

  18. gcsuk says: Jul 4, 2013 11:21 AM

    Just judging from the description, I would say this sounds worse than the beating that guy got from Ansaur Walcott (Browns undrafted free agent). He’s facing attempted murder charges, and no charges against Brooks? Granted, Walcott’s victim is in a coma, but it sounds like a case of preferential treatment to me.

  19. sonoco says: Jul 4, 2013 11:22 AM

    Brooks deserves every bit of criticism he’s getting. Tying the actions of a player who’s had issues since Virgina to the 49er fan base is infantile however . . . color me not surprised.

  20. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:24 AM

    thesteelers

    A team takes on fhe personality of the coach, they say

    ———————————————————————————-

    Mike Tomlin is a rapist?!

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    Divens didn’t “help make this mess” it is all on Brooks. Anyone who thinks its ok in is day and age to assault someone over some minor disagreement needs to be in jail.

    Hope the DA proceeds against Brooks very much.

  22. lgw91s says: Jul 4, 2013 11:25 AM

    All is forgiven. Divens accepted Brooks’ hand written apology, which he found in the glove box of his new SUV.

  23. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jul 4, 2013 11:26 AM

    You’re welcome ;)

  24. skinswillsurprise says: Jul 4, 2013 11:27 AM

    87hollywoodhorn says:
    Jul 4, 2013 10:53 AM
    he got drunks as a skunk and tried to put the keys in the wrong car!
    ——-///——–

    A drunk skunk?? I should really get out more often. Is that why deer keep running into cars?

  25. socalisteph says: Jul 4, 2013 11:36 AM

    It’s the 49ers fault Ahmad Brooks hits a young player with a beer bottle over the head?

    Was it the Cincinnati Bengals fault when Ahmad Brooks punched a girl in the face in 2008?

  26. baymac408 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:57 AM

    All SEAHAWK fans act like girls! Jealousy is a female trait!! GO NINERS! WE RUN THE NFC

  27. foozeball says: Jul 4, 2013 11:58 AM

    Maybe the 49ers and Seahawks aren’t so different afterall. Steroids anybody?

  28. ripster65 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:15 PM

    According to a story in the sacbee, the incident occurred at Brooks’ place after Divens had already driven them all there. Not sure why this even hit the news if no one wants to press charges. Even if Brooks didn’t actually drive drunk, he sure deserves some punishment for the assault. You’d think by now these guys would know that anything that has to do with the word “GUN” is a big no-no.

  29. bobhk says: Jul 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    @swaggyy, @Iknoweverything

    how long before pedhawks leave for another part of the country because the team lost fan support once they start losing again ala sonics?

    Seattle fans: most obnoxious people around especially for a fan base that has never seen a championship other than for other teams.

  30. ravensfan996 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:37 PM

    Is this the world we live in now, where 2 grown men CANT get into a fight without someone going to jail, charges being pressed, or lawsuits being filed?

  31. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 4, 2013 12:40 PM

    Unfortunate for Brooks is that he has had a checkered past. It was thought he had turned the corner evidenced by the contract extension the team gave him last year.

    I’m a 49ers fan but no person, NFL player or not, can be so careless as to be so drunk to lose all situational awareness and beat somebody in the head with a beer bottle. He’s a great talent but has some demons he needs to get figured out.

    He needs to be released.

  32. jibberator says: Jul 4, 2013 1:06 PM

    Punishable by law? Nah. We all know Harbaugh is going to rip him a new one anyway, so perhaps that will be enough punishment. Obviously the guys ok (yeah 3 stitches, big whoop)

  33. onbucky96 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:15 PM

    Ok 49ers fans, unleash your ” innocent until proven guilty” talk. Hope Harbaugh has fun w/this. Of course, he’ll pull an Urban Meyer and refuse to talk about it. Hypocrisy, thy name is Jim Harbaugh.

  34. southpaw79 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:49 PM

    If the story is true, then he will be cut. Then most of the posters here can go back to ignoring the actions of their own teams players that would lead to criminal charges if one of us normal people did it. Speaking of which Seahawks fans, has Lynch been suspended/cut yet for his multiple DUI’s?

  35. tonyc920 says: Jul 4, 2013 1:56 PM

    It was nothing more than a team drill. Ya know Harbaugh is trying to “toughen up” his players.
    Like the “nutcracker drill” this is the “skull buster” drill.
    This is just another media ploy for attention. Next big move for SF is Joey Chestnut being hired as the team nutritionist.

  36. mackie66 says: Jul 4, 2013 2:08 PM

    And how do you know SH if the local media looked the other way? On a shooting case?
    I think NBC should have a sit down and go over speculations rather then eye witnesses or at least “person with knowledge of the situation”.
    Florio you are a moron.

  37. jayniner says: Jul 4, 2013 2:39 PM

    If the 49ers remain true to form, I would imagine that if charges are filed against Brooks, the Niners will drop him. Last incident was Braylon Edwards in 2008.

    So, thanks for coming by the Niners board, making your comments and proving that misery loves company.

  38. prosportswashington says: Jul 4, 2013 2:41 PM

    It infuriates me that if you’re famous, you get away with breaking the law. If I pulled a Josh Brent, I would be in prison-letting them off only makes things worse, a la Aaron Hernandez…now somebody is dead because the police turned a blind eye

  39. brendank11 says: Jul 4, 2013 4:04 PM

    socalisteph says:
    Jul 4, 2013 11:36 AM
    It’s the 49ers fault Ahmad Brooks hits a young player with a beer bottle over the head?

    Was it the Cincinnati Bengals fault when Ahmad Brooks punched a girl in the face in 2008?

    ————————————————–

    Well apparently it’s Pete Carroll’s fault when a player takes an illegal substance, so yes, players do not act on behalf of themselves, their organizations are behind every criminal act. (sarcasm)

  40. souldogdave says: Jul 4, 2013 4:41 PM

    It will be very interesting to see how Harbaugh deals with this. A career-ending incident for a lot of players…

  41. bobhk says: Jul 4, 2013 5:20 PM

    @onbucky96 says:
    Jul 4, 2013 1:15 PM
    Ok 49ers fans, unleash your ” innocent until proven guilty” talk. Hope Harbaugh has fun w/this. Of course, he’ll pull an Urban Meyer and refuse to talk about it. Hypocrisy, thy name is Jim Harbaugh.

    —–
    I can’t speak for harbaugh but I as a 49ers fan believe that brooks should be punished. I am appalled at the rate with which these athletes are running afoul.

  42. hawkstradamus says: Jul 4, 2013 8:11 PM

    I love all the whiner fans lashing out at Seahawk fans. You pathetic fair weather bandwagon sorry sacks can’t even own your own failures. And the way you cling to the anomaly that was the Bill Walsh is comical.

    You guys speak of history, lets take a look at yours. Founded in 1949 the whiners were doormats for decades until a brief period in time known as the 80’s when Bill Walsh came in and got some weak opponents in the Super Bowl. After Walsh some guy ran his team into the ground and got lucky once before the niners went back to their rightful place in the cellar.
    Sorry niner fans but you don’t have the storied history that spans generations and decades like the cowboys steelers redskins and raiders. Making you guys about as relevant as the 80’s hair band poison. And these last two years if limited success is akin to Brett Michaels run on vh1.

  43. bobhk says: Jul 4, 2013 8:47 PM

    @hawkstradamus says:
    Jul 4, 2013 8:11 PM
    I love all the whiner fans lashing out at Seahawk fans. You pathetic fair weather bandwagon sorry sacks can’t even own your own failures. And the way you cling to the anomaly that was the Bill Walsh is comical.

    You guys speak of history, lets take a look at yours. Founded in 1949 the whiners were doormats for decades until a brief period in time known as the 80′s when Bill Walsh came in and got some weak opponents in the Super Bowl. After Walsh some guy ran his team into the ground and got lucky once before the niners went back to their rightful place in the cellar.
    Sorry niner fans but you don’t have the storied history that spans generations and decades like the cowboys steelers redskins and raiders. Making you guys about as relevant as the 80′s hair band poison. And these last two years if limited success is akin to Brett Michaels run on vh1.

    ——-
    Nothing quite says loser than a guy who has to rely on another franchise such as cowboys, steelers, etc to bash the 49ers. What’s the matter? Seahawks can’t stand on their own legs? have to use cowboys as a crutch?
    yup, when you have 5 Lombardi trophy you are ccalled storied.
    When you have none like the sea chimps you are called losers.

  44. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jul 4, 2013 9:03 PM

    Holy cr@p I am sick of the fanboy talk. Get some flipping perspective. Here’s the truth of the matter: Ahmad Brooks just made himself out to be a first class @$$ and it has nothing to do with him being a Niner. Nothing.

    Every team is comprised of a collection of individuals. Some decent guys … many are complete punks. Every team. Your team!

    The only difference is some front offices and coaching staffs are better than others in selecting the aforementioned players.

    But none of those individuals give a cr@p about you. And for the right dollar will go play for that other team you give a juvenile nickname like Forty-whiners or Vi-Queers.

    Signed,

    Falcons fan.

  45. virg1969 says: Jul 4, 2013 9:06 PM

    The Jets had a 2 year run under a very intense coach, then the wheels came off the cart. History repeats.

  46. jcmacias says: Jul 4, 2013 10:38 PM

    Hey, if Divens doesn’t want to press charges, then as the city DA, I would use that as a reason not to pursue the case.

  47. msclemons67 says: Jul 4, 2013 11:03 PM

    rofl @Hawkstradamus.

    Please name all the of the Seahawk accomplishments? Being the only team to make the playoffs with a losing record is surely something to be proud of.

    The Seahawks are so irrelevant that they got shifted to a new conference and no one cared.

    The 2013 Seahawks fans are the new 2012 Lions fans. They’re more excited about a regular season game than most fanbases are about a super bowl win.

  48. Brad Hobbs says: Jul 4, 2013 11:22 PM

    I’ve read a lot of these comments throughout the last several months Niners fans ranking on Hawks fans and vice versa. Can’t you people just enjoy the rivalry and the fact that the NFC West is loaded with talent, perhaps with the exception of the Cardinals offense right now. People who really love football, love a good rivalry. How much fun must it be for the Broncos to have basically for decent competitors to play this season. Last year and this year, they have an automatic six easy games inside the division; The Broncos only really had three difficult games all year long and guess what; they lost all three. Texans, Patriots, Falcons. I don’t think I want to watch that all season. I love the fact that when NFC teams play each other it’s going to be a bloodbath and a well played bloodbath at that. The NFC West is the black and blue division. Go Hawks!

  49. nflofficeadmin says: Jul 4, 2013 11:57 PM

    Do the right thing Divens.

  50. rextraordinaire says: Jul 5, 2013 2:38 AM

    I miss the days when the Seahawks kinda sucked and the fans didn’t have so much to say all the time.

    Whats worse is that its not going to be like it was with Lions fans after 2011 where the team goes back to losing all the time and the fans settle down. The ‘Hawks are here to stay, and so are the fans.

    Why can’t we just go back to simpler times when Seattle fans were only obnoxious when arguing over which of the area fish markets were the best?

  51. bpeterson464 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:49 AM

    First of all, if you are defending Brooks, you should be ashamed of yourself. This was a man that allegedly (and all the evidence points to it) assaulted another man with a deadly weapon and then threatened further harm with a gun. This was very close to getting hopelessly out of hand in a way that would have ended the careers of both players.

    And if Divens, Okoye, and Purcell are worried about their spot on the team for reporting an assault on a man’s person which happened to be by an all-pro linebacker on the same team? That’s just wrong. That should NEVER be a concern, under ANY circumstances.

    That said, Divens was being the kind of person that should be applauded for his actions. Brooks is rather intimidating, and it must have taken guts not to give him his keys.

  52. goldrush94 says: Jul 5, 2013 6:03 AM

    Still nobody

  53. 16x8equal49ers says: Jul 5, 2013 10:42 AM

    “The Seattle Seahawks got it better than you clowns” swaggyy

    Do they really? What have you guys won.
    Haters

  54. sampsonswag01 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:27 AM

    virg1969 says:
    Jul 4, 2013 9:06 PM
    The Jets had a 2 year run under a very intense coach, then the wheels came off the cart. History repeats.

    ———————————————————

    Two MAJOR flaws in this statement. The first is equating bravado and hubris with skilled intensity. Rex Ryan lives and dies by his daddy’s inviolable credo of speak loudly with or without a big stick. Someone else once said “If you live by the sword (bravado) you’ll die by the sword.” Eventually the naked emperor is called a naked emperor.

    Secondly…..Butt Fumble Sanchez who, and let’s be very, very candid, was simply asked to not lose the games when they were in the playoffs. Conversely….Kaepernick was handed the keys to an already high-performing sports machine and was told “let’s see what you can do kid!”.

    The J-E-T-S are nothing organizationally compared to the 49ers. To whit…the JETS are in cap space hell and have an utterly impotent and regressing quarterback who is only on the roster because he has to be paid $8 mill this year whether he’s on the roster or not. BTW…..Kaepernick will making about $500,000 this year and could possibly be one of the best QBs in the NFL by the end of the season instead of a punchline.

  55. 1phillyphan says: Jul 5, 2013 3:15 PM

    Doesn’t matter who you are, what team you play for, or what position or even coaching position you are..When you beat a man repeatedly in the head with a beer bottle for trying to save your life and others..You should be cut and jailed..no questions asked.

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