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Gopher running back is accused in assault of his roommate

Brooks is released from custody more than a day after arrest

October 14, 2018 - 10:19 am

University of Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks was arrested early Sunday, and booked into the Hennepin County jail on suspicion of domestic assault involving his roommate.

Records show Brooks was released from custody a little more than a day after he was booked.

The suspected offense, a misdemeanor, was reported by Newell Fisk, 21, and the arrest happened near the U-of-M campus on the 1600 block of 15th Avenue SE.

That is the same block where Brooks lives.

Brooks, 22, is a senior from Austell, Ga. whose career has been marred by injury.

He hasn't played this season after suffering a non-contact, lower-leg injury during off-season conditioning that required surgery.

Coach PJ Fleck had expressed optimism that Brooks would be ready to play in 2019, although there were plans to for him to play as many as four games in 2018.

During his weekly appearance on WCCO's Sports Huddle,  Fleck said the school is aware of the situation and is still gathering information on the arrest. 

"At this point, with the process unfolding, I’m not able to comment about any aspect of it whatsoever," said Fleck. "I wish I could, but I’m not able to do that at this time.’’

Brooks had his sophomore and junior seasons cut short by injuries as well.

In 28 games with the Gophers, Brooks has rushed for 1,728 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.