On the same day the face of the franchise was beaming over his wedding in a castle in England, a fellow Seahawks veteran was attracting another, wrong kind of attention.
Russell Wilson confirmed his marriage to R&B singer Ciara at a 19th-century castle outside Liverpool with a wedding picture and “We are The Wilsons!” written on social media Wednesday. Meanwhile, across an ocean, veteran defensive back Brandon Browner was under investigation in California for alleged battery.
Police in Pomona were investigating whether to charge the 31-year-old Browner with battery following an incident Tuesday night at Browner’s home in that Southern California city east of Los Angeles. The altercation involved the father of Browner’s girlfriend.
A Pomona watch commander said his department’s officers do not believe Browner broke the 59-year-old man’s thumb in a driveway altercation, contrary to some reports.
Pomona Police Lieutenant Ron McDonald said Wednesday via telephone “there’s a lot of misinformation out there.” Lt. McDonald noted Browner has children with his girlfriend and that the potential crime was battery, not assault. McDonald said police investigators trying to determine whether to charge Browner over the incident at 8 p.m. Tuesday in Browner’s driveway have “no medical evidence” the Seahawk broke the man’s thumb.
“He refused medical treatment at the scene,” Lt. McDonald said of the girlfriend’s father. “He fell down and then said he felt pain in his thumb.”
The distinctions between assault and battery in California are the differences between attempting to hurt and the actual use of force, and possible fines.
California law, the state’s Penal Code 240, defines an assault as “an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.” California code says an assault is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000 or up to six months in a county jail, or both.
California Penal Code 242 defines battery as “any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.” It is punishable in that state by a maximum fine of $2,000 or up to six months in jail, or both.
The watch commander said Browner and his girlfriend’s father live within walking distance from each other in Pomona. Police believe the incident started as a heated telephone conversation between the two men, then escalated after the father walked to Browner’s home.
“They met in the driveway” where an “altercation” ensued, Lt. McDonald said.
Browner allegedly assaulted the man in an unspecified manner — police had yet to file a report on the incident. Browner then drove from the scene before responding officers arrived.
McDonald said officers as of Wednesday morning still had not been able to speak with Browner. Their investigation was continuing.
The Seahawks signed Browner in April to a one-year contract for $760,000, the minimum salary for a player with four to six years of NFL experience. None of that money is guaranteed. That deal came after he had one bad season with New Orleans after a successful one winning a Super Bowl with New England.
Seattle is hoping the original member of its “Legion of Boom” secondary in its 2013 championship season proves worthy of playing a unique, match-up coverage role on bigger receivers in select situations this fall. If he doesn’t, the team can cut him with no money lost.
Gregg Bell: @gbellseattle