49ers notes: Altercation between two 49ers appears to be thing of the past, Fangio says

Published: Sunday, Jul. 28, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 - 8:24 am

SANTA CLARA – Linebacker Ahmad Brooks and nose tackle Lamar Divens appear to have put last month's altercation behind them.

"I have not seen any indication that it has dragged inside the building at all," 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Saturday. "And if I hadn't known that something happened, I wouldn't have known something happened by the way that people are acting."

On June 8, Brooks hit Divens over the head with a beer bottle, sending him to the hospital for stitches, according to court records. Divens then demanded $1 million from Brooks, which Brooks refused to pay, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, which declined to charge Brooks.

Fangio not only runs the 49ers' defense, he's the de facto position coach for the outside linebackers, which has given him a lot of time with Brooks.

Brooks is a starter, while Divens is a journeyman nose tackle behind Ian Williams and Glenn Dorsey on the depth chart, which means the situation likely will resolve itself when the 49ers begin trimming their roster in about a month.

Divens and Brooks have not yet been available to reporters at training camp.

It's not the first time two 49ers fought and then coexisted in the locker room. But an incident in 2002 wasn't nearly as public as the one between Brooks and Divens.

In 2002, a locker-room fistfight broke out between tailback Kevan Barlow and fullback Fred Beasley after Barlow reportedly accused Beasley of blocking harder for Beasley's buddy, tailback Garrison Hearst, than he did for Barlow. The 49ers attempted to defuse the situation by moving Barlow's locker across the room from the rest of the running backs and fullbacks. During most of Barlow's career with the 49ers, his locker was with the offensive linemen's lockers.

Though there weren't any more fights, the relationship between Barlow and Beasley remained uneasy through the 2005 season, after which Beasley left and Barlow was supplanted by Frank Gore.

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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