Things couldn’t be worse for the San Francisco 49ers ahead of Saturday’s pre-season game in Denver; fresh off allegations about off-field player misconduct, the team has been rocked by another scandal, two to be precise. The team’s current linebacker Ahmad Brooks and former defender Ray McDonald (signed by Chicago Bears earlier this year and released from the team after his May arrest) have been respectively accused of rape and sexual battery, against the same woman.
While McDonald was indicted in one charge of raping an intoxicated person (last December) by the grand jury in Santa Clara County, California, Brooks was charged by prosecutors on the same day with ‘misdemeanour sexual battery,’ stemming from a civil lawsuit filed by the same lady who claimed that the 49er had touched her sexually on the same night she was molested by McDonald at a pool party in his home.
McDonald has denied the charge of rape and said that it had been consensual; he has earlier faced arrest (May) when he was accused of domestic violence by his former fiancée. If convicted, he could face a jail term up to 8 years and registration as a sex offender. Brooks, on the other hand, is likely to face penal action from the NFL even before a criminal indictment under an amended personal conduct policy encompassing domestic violence or sexual battery. If the charges are proven in court, he could also be jailed for up to six months and be registered as a sex offender.
Responding to calls for a comment on the ongoing cases, 49ers general manger Trent Baalke said, “The organization is aware that a misdemeanour charge has been filed against Ahmad Brooks stemming from a December 2014 matter. We take any charge against a member of this organization seriously and are in communication with the NFL. Ahmad is returning home to California and will not participate in Saturday’s game.”