San Francisco 49ers defensive back, Tramaine Brock, was arrested by Santa Clara police on charges of felony domestic violence on Thursday. According to police, upon arriving at the scene, they encountered a female who had “visible injuries.” The woman claimed to be dating Tramaine but at the time he was not at the scene. Police later found Brock at his Santa Clara home and arrested him on suspicion of felony domestic violence. He was later released after posting bail.
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Police Lieutenant Dan Moreno told Mercury News that Brock was arrested without incident and that the victim suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention. The San Francisco 49ers acted swiftly after gaining knowledge of Brock’s incident. The NFL itself has had a controversial history with domestic violence situations but the 49ers acted quickly, removing Brock from the team on Friday.
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Brock could also face harsh punishment via the law. California takes cases of domestic violence and “spousal abuse” very seriously. It is important to note that in California spousal abuse is not limited to abuse committed by a spouse. It includes acts committed by the following:
- Someone who lives or lived with the victim
- A fiancée or former fiancée
- A person the victim is dating or had previously dated; or
- A parent of the victim’s child
In California “corporal injury on a spouse” is a “wobbler offense” meaning it can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Based on California’s “Three Strikes” Law this could be the difference between a few years in prison and up to 25. To be convicted, a prosecutor must prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that not only did the defendant intend to inflict a physical injury, but this act ultimately resulted in a “traumatic condition” (major or minor bodily injury) to the victim. California Penal Code Section 273.5 for corporal injury on a spouse is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and/or $6,000 in fines.
Tramaine has not spoken much on the matter or given his side of the story. A member of the media obtained a brief statement from Brock – “I really got nothing to say about it,” the now-former 49er B said to ABC7 upon leaving the jail.