SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks said Thursday night there is no need to apologize to his teammates for his off-the-field behavior this summer, because they know he is ready to move forward and focus on football.
Brooks spoke publicly for the first time Thursday night since the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office investigated allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit a teammate on the head with a beer bottle in a June incident. No assault charges were filed because of insufficient evidence.
"I have nothing to say about it right now," Brooks said after San Francisco's 10-6 exhibition loss to the Denver Broncos. "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."
According to police, Brooks hit teammate Lamar Divens with the bottle three times and then punched him in the face during an early morning argument June 8. Divens sustained a 3-inch cut on his forehead.
Police statements said Brooks, Divens and others had been drinking and went to a bar before returning to Brooks' house. Divens pretended to throw Brooks' keys in the grass, though he had actually held onto the keys, prompting the attack. Investigators were told Brooks was intoxicated and had threatened to get a gun.
A memo released by the district attorney's office in announcing the dismissal of the case stated that Brooks and Divens had a history -- with altercations at Brooks' home in both May and June.
The 29-year-old Brooks, a seven-year NFL veteran, started every regular-season game last season for the NFC champion Niners, who lost to Baltimore 34-31 in the Super Bowl. Brooks had 46 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in his fifth season with San Francisco.
He was a third-round pick by Cincinnati out of Virginia in the 2006 supplemental draft.
Safety Donte Whitner said last month that he had spoken with Brooks. Whitner said, "He's tremendously sorry for what he did, anybody would be embarrassed."
"There was no apology needed," Brooks said. "I had nothing to say about it."