Minnesota Gophers running back Shannon Brooks was arrested over the weekend on domestic violence charges.
According to police records, authorities were alerted to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning near the team’s practice facility. Here’s what Minneapolis police spokeswoman Sgt. Darcy Horn had to say about the incident.
“Early this morning [Minneapolis] officers responded to the 600 block of 15th Av. SE for the report of a domestic abuse in progress,” Horn said. “The call came in at 1:33 a.m. Officers responded and took an adult male, identified as Brooks, Shannon Nicholas into custody for misdemeanor domestic assault. He was booked in at the Hennepin County Jail.”
Brooks was still in custody as of Sunday morning.
Alleged Incident With Roommate
When you hear the term domestic violence, you assume that it involves a player’s wife or girlfriend, but it appears that this case is a little different. Brooks’ girlfriend tweeted that the incident did not involve her or any other woman and that the incident “does not define” who Brooks is. A source close to the situation said the altercation alleged involved Brooks’ male roommate.
Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck wouldn’t comment on the incident, instead saying that “the process is unfolding.”
Under Minnesota law, a charge of misdemeanor domestic assault is punishable by up to 90 days in jail, fines of up to $1,000, or both. The charges could also be increased if strangulation, suffocation or a weapon were used in the commission of the crime. Depending on how the case shakes out, Brooks will also likely face punishments from the Gophers and possibly the NCAA.
Nothing good happens after midnight, and that appears to be the case for Brooks and his roommate. Hopefully the facts come out and justice is served. If you or someone you know has been charged with assault, a traffic violation or an alcohol-related offense and needs local representation, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced lawyers at Appelman Law Firm today. Click here to set up a free consultation with our firm.