SANTA CLARA (CBS SF) – Fullback Bruce Miller of the San Francisco 49ers was arrested last week on suspicion of spousal battery in Santa Clara, according to police.
Arrest records posted on the Santa Clara Police Department’s website showed Miller was arrested around 11:55 p.m. Thursday night at an undisclosed address.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Bruce Miller,” the team said in a written statement. “We were disappointed to learn of these reports and will do our due diligence in collecting all relevant information.”
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Miller has played four seasons in the NFL, all with the 49ers. In his career, Miller had 66 catches for 599 yards and has scored three touchdowns.
Miller is the second 49ers player over the past eight months to be accused of domestic abuse. Ray McDonald was accused of attacking his fiancee last August and was accused of a sexual assault last December, before he was released by the team. Charges in the first case were dropped late last year and charges in the second case are expected to be dropped soon.
Chris Culliver, a cornerback with the team, pleaded not guilty to a hit-and-run in San Jose last year. It is unclear when Culliver’s case would go to trial.
News of Miller’s arrest comes amid a tumultuous off-season for the 49ers, which started with the departure of head coach Jim Harbaugh for the University of Michigan.
In recent days, the 49ers were rumored to be considering possible trades for quarterback Colin Kaepernick and star running back Frank Gore was reportedly thinking of playing elsewhere next season. Multiple sources are also reporting linebacker Patrick Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith are expected to retire.