San Francisco 49ers FB arrested for suspicion of spousal battery
(CBSSPORTS.COM) SANTA CLARA, Calif. – A bad offseason for the 49ers just keeps getting worse. Starting fullback Bruce Miller was arrested on March 5 on suspicion of spousal battery, according to the Santa Clara Police arrest log.
Although a police report isn’t yet available from the incident, the arrest log does show that Miller was detained at 11:55 pm. on March 5 for a misdemeanor violation of California penal code 243 (e-1). The maximum punishment for the crime is $2,000 and up to one year in jail.
In a statement, the 49ers said they are aware of the situation.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the matter involving Bruce Miller,” the team said. “We were disappointed to learn of these reports and will do our due diligence in collecting all relevant information.”
A police spokesman told CSNBayArea.com that results of the Santa Clara PD’s investigation have been forwarded to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office. The DA will then decide whether or not to pursue charges.
If Miller is charged, he could become a test case for the NFL’s new domestic violence policy. Roger Goodell announced in August that anyone violating the policy would be suspended a minimum of six games for a first offense and suspended for at least one year after a second offense.
Miller has played in 61 out of 64 regular season games for the 49ers since being selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
The 27-year-old’s arrest came just one day after the 49ers signed Jerome Simpson, a former Vikings and Bengals player who’s been arrested three times in his career.