49ers 'to monitor' developments in lawsuit against LB Ahmad Brooks

The San Francisco 49ers say they were disappointed to learn of the situation and will continue to monitor it after linebacker Ahmad Brooks was sued Tuesday for assault and battery, false imprisonment and infliction of emotional distress in Santa Clara, California.

As reported by TMZ, the woman making the accusation was the same woman who accused then-49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald of rape and says the alleged encounters happened on the same night in question.

"The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the media report regarding Ahmad Brooks," 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement Wednesday.

McDonald was released by the Niners in the immediate aftermath of the December accusation for what the team called a "pattern of poor decision-making" and he has since signed with the Chicago Bears. He has sued the woman for defamation.

The woman, though, believes there is surveillance video of the Dec. 14 encounter at McDonald's home, according to TMZ, which cites the lawsuit.

That is where, according to the lawsuit, she "slipped and fell on the deck around his swimming pool, knocking herself unconscious for more than eight minutes," TMZ reported.

"While she was blacked out, the woman claims the video will show McDonald's friend Brooks 'groped her person in a sexual manner,' " according to TMZ.

The woman, who has hired attorney Gloria Allred, has claimed McDonald carried her upstairs and had sex with her without her consent.

Meanwhile, Brooks, whose six sacks were tied with rookie Aaron Lynch for the team lead last season, has had other off-the-field issues with the Niners.

Two years ago, he allegedly hit a teammate over the head with a beer bottle, though charges were never filed.

And last season, he lost his starting job for a while to Lynch after a sideline blowup with Jim Tomsula, then the team's defensive line coach, and did not play in the Niners' loss at the Oakland Raiders for missing a team meeting.

According to Pro Football Focus, Brooks would account for more than $5.5 million in "dead money" toward the 49ers' salary cap if he were cut, $3.2 million getting pushed to next year's cap if he is classified a post-June 1 cut.