Santa Clara DA decides to not pursue charges against Ahmad Brooks

Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

Reports indicate the Santa Clara DA's office will not pursue charges against 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks. What does this mean for a potential suspension?

Well, we have one part of our answer on the Ahmad Brooks situation. According to Matt Barrows, the Santa Clara District Attorney's office has decided they will not pursue assault charges against 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Barrows tweeted the DA's office decided they would not be able to secure a conviction against Brooks.

This incident went down June 8, and involved a reportedly drunken Ahmad Brooks hitting defensive lineman Lamar Divens with a beer bottle. Divens and multiple witnesses (including reportedly Lawrence Okoye and Mike Purcell) detailed the events to police, but shortly thereafter, Divens decided he did not want to pursue his charges. It was not his choice to make, but as the alleged victim, not having him cooperating would have made it a bit more difficult to secure a conviction.

Whatever you think of the DA's decision to not pursue charges, the issue at this point is potential team or league discipline against Brooks. Although Brooks will not face charges, there is still a question of what the 49ers or the NFL will decide to do with Brooks. Either entity could still suspend Brooks, even without a conviction, or even charges. The league's personal conduct policy does not require a conviction to institute discipline, as we've seen several times in the past.

In a bit of good timing, Mike Freeman had an interesting article about Roger Goodell taking a bit of a step back in terms of discipline as teams take on a greater role. We don't know what the team has in mind, particularly given that the news didn't come out until the 49ers had wrapped up their offseason workout program. Coach Harbaugh has not addressed the issue with the media, but you know he'll be asked about it in his first appearance at training camp. We'll keep an eye out for more details on Brooks and any potential suspension.

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