San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks has pleaded not guilty to sexual battery.
Brooks’s accuser claims the incident occurred at a Dec. 14 party at the home of Ray McDonald, who played for the 49ers before signing with the Bears this off-season. She is accusing Brooks of groping her “in a sexual manner” when she was knocked unconscious after falling on a deck at McDonald’s home. The accuser also says McDonald carried her to his bedroom and had sex with her without her consent after she regained consciousness.
McDonald pleaded not guilty to rape charges on Friday. The woman filed a sexual assault lawsuit against Brooks in May. McDonald was released by the 49ers and has not played in 2015.
Brooks remains on the roster and has played in the team's three games this year.
Brooks’s attorney was present to enter the plea in court on Wednesday. Brooks did not attend the hearing.
Brooks, a Pro Bowler in 2013, is in his ninth season in the league and seventh season with the 49ers. He recorded 30 total tackles and six sacks in 2014. Through three games in 2015, he has five tackles and two assists.
- Christopher Chavez