Donte Whitner today said that 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," Whitner said Wednesday. "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 ultimately decided not to charge Brooks, but he still faces possible discipline by the league or the team. Whitner said he didn't know how Brooks might be disciplined. Neither Brooks nor Divens was made available to the media today, the first day that 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 take on the Jaguars in October. Two Vikings veterans, Jared Allen and Kevin Williams, also made the trip and Whitner said both "wished that they were part of a program that we (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 recently noted via Twitter that he is entering the final year of his contract and has had no talks about a possible extension to this point. Does that bother 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 the fans like to talk about stuff like that. When it was noted that team owner Jed York also is on Twitter, Whitner quipped, "He is. He follows me."
Linebacker Patrick Willis said that every healthy member of the 49ers passed the conditioning test that is a prerequisite for practicing. The 49ers will have their first practice Thursday. They can have their first full-pad practice Saturday.
-- Matt Barrows