49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks escaped prosecution for an incident in June that allegedly ended with Brooks breaking a bottle over the head of teammate Lamar Divens and he addressed the incident publicly for the first time after Thursday night’s preseason game against the Broncos.
According to the initial police report, Brooks hit Divens, a defensive tackle, with the bottle during an argument touched off by Divens’ refusal to give Brooks his car keys because Divens believed Brooks was too drunk to drive. Prosecutors felt there was not enough evidence to charge Brooks, who avoided delving into any details while saying that he wanted to move past a situation he deemed a distraction.
“I have nothing to say about it right now,” Brooks said, via the Associated Press. “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.”
Brooks also said he didn’t feel a need to apologize to his teammates, although 49ers safety Donte Whitner said last month that Brooks did just that following the incident.