49ers notes: Brooks gets advice from team leader Whitner

Published: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 25, 2013 - 6:18 am

SANTA CLARA – Donte Whitner said Wednesday that 49ers teammate Ahmad Brooks is "tremendously sorry" for the June 8 beer bottle incident that left teammate Lamar Divens with a cut on his head and led to a month-long investigation in San Jose.

Whitner, one of the leaders in the 49ers' locker room, said he pulled Brooks aside last month. His message: "It's just the choices that you make when you're outside here. The bad choice that he made, he's going to have to pay for that. We don't know what it's going to be yet.

"A lot of eyes are on us now. Even more than last year and the year before. He has to make good decisions, hang out with the right people and make good choices. And he's going to do that from here on out."

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office decided not to charge Brooks, who still faces possible discipline by the league or the team. Neither Brooks nor Divens was available to the media Wednesday, the first day veterans reported for training camp.

Whitner, meanwhile, served as the team's ambassador on a recent media tour of England and London, where the 49ers will face Jacksonville on Oct. 27. Two Minnesota veterans, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, also made the trip, and Whitner said both "wished that they were part of a program that (the 49ers) were."

"You actually get a feel for where you are and where the San Francisco 49ers are in the National Football League right now when you talk to those guys," Whitner said.

Whitner contract status – Whitner recently noted via Twitter he is entering the final year of his contract and has not yet had talks about a possible extension.

He admits the situation is bothering him.

"Anybody that says it's not a concern is probably lying," Whitner said. "It's always a concern, especially when you're in a business that's so physical. You never know what's going to happen on the football field. But I'm not in a position to make anybody do anything. All I can do is come out here and work hard every day."

Asked why he brought it up on Twitter, Whitner said because fans are interested. When it was noted team owner Jed York also is on Twitter, Whitner replied, "He is. He follows me."

Read Matthew Barrows' blogs and archives at www.sacbee.com/sf49ers and listen for his reports Tuesdays on ESPN Radio 1320. Follow him on Twitter @mattbarrows.

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