SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke Thursday told Bay Area reporters in Colorado no decision has been made about Ahmad Brooks' future with the team.
"Obviously this is a new development and we don't have enough information at this point," Baalke said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Brooks was sent home from the Broncos' Englewood, Colorado facility Thursday after the team learned a Santa Clara County Grand Jury charged Brooks with a sexual battery misdemeanor stemming from a December party at former 49ers teammate Ray McDonald's house. McDonald was indicted for rape of the same woman accusing Brooks of groping her "in a sexual manner" in a civil lawsuit.
Brooks will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Denver.
San Francisco was swift in making decisions on McDonald's release, and Aldon Smith's earlier this month. The team announced Smith's release the morning after his third DUI-related arrest in three years, and fifth run-in with the law since entering the NFL in 2011. McDonald was released in December, the same morning his second domestic violence-related arrest came to light.
However, the 49ers allowed McDonald to play after his first arrest before the regular season opener in September, citing "due process" as their recourse. McDonald started 14 games before his release following the second arrest.
Brooks' future with the team remains in question, but Baalke said no time frame has been given on a decision regarding his status.
"Where it goes from here, I don’t have that answer right now," Baalke told reporters. "I don’t have enough information regarding the situation right now. All I can speak of is today, and as of today Ahmad is away from this football team. We’re going to be here until Saturday taking care of business. In the meantime, we’ll be evaluating this as we go along day-to-day.
"The one thing that we have to realize is this is not a new matter... This is a new development within that matter. Our players are well aware of the consequence that go along with their actions and are supportive of it. But they also understand that every situation is different."
Brooks had not been arrested or charged with a crime from the alleged incident Dec. 15 at McDonald's house. An investigation into Brooks began when the accuser filed the civil lawsuit in May, of which the 49ers were made aware.
Prior to being asked to leave the team this week, San Francisco had not disciplined Brooks since he was named in the lawsuit. He was an active participate in both voluntary and mandatory sessions of the offseason program.
Brooks' accuser claimed there is surveillance video of the incident in the civil suit.
Earlier in the spring, fullback Bruce Miller remained away from the team's voluntary workouts after an arrest following an incident with his former fiancee. Miller returned to the team after pleading "no contest" to a misdemeanor disturbing the peace charge and was required to attend 16 weeks of an anti-domestic violence training course.
Miller could still face a league-imposed suspension, but has been allowed to practice and play in the team's preseason games. Miller missed Wednesday's joint practice with the Broncos for "personal reasons."
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