Santa Clara County prosecutors announced today that they had charged 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks with sexual battery, while a grand jury handed down a rape indictment against former 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald.
We featured Ahmad Brooks's premature escalation briefly yesterday, but it seems the moment from yesterday's 49ers-Panthers game deserves a bit more inspection. After all, there's not one but two meaningful moments here: the flight of Brooks and the flop of Newton.
With the Saints driving, down three, with just over three minutes left, Ahmad Brooks sacked Drew Brees and forced a fumble that was recovered by Patrick Willis. "It was almost like Christmas early," Willis said. Well, Christmas was canceled. Officials called Brooks for a personal foul, which swung the game. Brooks…