Gophers senior running back Shannon Brooks was released from jail Monday as charges remain pending after he allegedly assaulted his roommate late at night over the weekend in their Minneapolis residence.
Brooks left the Hennepin County jail because “further investigation is needed to determine whether charges are warranted” in connection with an incident between Brooks and his roommate, said Sarah McKenzie, speaking on behalf of the City Attorney’s Office.
Brooks’ status on the team is unchanged.
“With it ongoing, it’s hard for me to add anything,” coach P.J. Fleck said. “I have about as much information as anybody else. So, I tend not to comment on things — right now, at this point. There will be a time I will. But I will say I’m concerned for him. Any time one of your players, a young man, is in jail, you’re concerned for him.”
Brooks, 22, was booked into jail about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the jail log. Police spokeswoman Sgt. Darcy Horn described the suspected offense as a misdemeanor. Brooks’ roommate, Newell R. Fisk, 21, reported “a domestic abuse in progress” at their off-campus residence, according to a police report. Fisk was not hurt, the report added.
Fisk is a kinesiology major at the university and is scheduled to graduate in 2019, university spokeswoman Lacey Nygard said Monday. Nygard said he worked in the Bierman Athletic Complex from 2015 to ’17. She said his position as an athletic medicine student intern included assisting with dehydration during football practice.
His professional biography on LinkedIn was more specific, saying he was a football athletic medicine intern.
Reached by telephone, Fisk declined to answer questions about the weekend’s altercation. Brooks could not be reached for comment.
Brooks, who has more than 2,500 all-purpose yards in his career, is working his way back from a torn ligament in his knee. He traveled for Saturday’s game at Ohio State, participated in warmups but did not play in the Gophers’ 30-14 defeat.
Brooks has yet to play this season. Fleck has said Brooks will play in only four games this season so he can preserve a final year of eligibility in 2019.