Domestic violence charges against former 49ers cornerback Tramaine Brock were dismissed on Tuesday due to insufficient evidence.
Brock had been charged in connection to an April 6 incident in Santa Clara involving his 31-year-old girlfriend. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office in June accused Brock, 28, of punching the woman in the face and attempting to strangle her on different occasions. Brock pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Brock’s attorney, San Carlos-based Josh Bentley, wrote in a text that the entire case was dismissed during a preliminary examination hearing Tuesday afternoon. The district attorney’s office said that Brock’s former girlfriend declined to cooperate.
The 49ers cut Brock, a two-year starter at cornerback, after he was arrested in April. He has had no tryouts with other teams, though his agent said four teams have called to inquire about Brock since Tuesday’s dismissal. The 49ers said they were not interested in re-signing him.
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“No one’s reached out to Tramaine, so no on that,” Kyle Shanahan said after practice.
The 49ers’ top cornerbacks in training camp have been Rashard Robinson and Dontae Johnson, although Keith Reaser also has been worked in with the first-string unit at times. The 49ers also used a third-round pick on a cornerback, Ahkello Witherspoon.
Although criminal charges have been dropped against Brock, he still could be disciplined by the NFL.
The April 6 incident was sparked, according to a statement issued by the district attorney’s office in June, by a disagreement over what to watch on television.