The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is investigating another case involving a 49er, this time misdemeanor spousal battery allegations against fullback Bruce Miller, who was arrested last week in Santa Clara.
A police spokesman acknowledged the arrest but referred questions to the district attorney’s office.
The 49ers issued a statement from general manager Trent Baalke: “The San Francisco 49er organization is aware of the matter involving Bruce Miller. We were disappointed to learn of these reports and will do our due diligence in collecting all relevant information.”
Miller’s arrest is the 11th of a 49er since the end of the 2011 season, when Aldon Smith was cited for DUI in Miami Beach. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is handling two other cases involving 49ers – a hit-and-run case against cornerback Chris Culliver and a sexual assault investigation involving defensive end Ray McDonald.
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McDonald has not been arrested, and his agent recently notified other NFL teams he will be cleared. The 49ers cut McDonald after the incident, citing a pattern of bad choices.
Team officials recently have used “winning with class” as the 49ers’ mantra, and owner Jed York said in December that he told his players they are responsible for their actions away from the 49ers’ facility. “Don’t get cut because of something you do off the field,” York said.
The team, however, last week signed free-agent wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who has been arrested three times in three years and who didn’t play in 2014.
Miller has not been in trouble before and is one of the friendliest, most accommodating players in the locker room. The 49ers selected Miller in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft and signed him to a three-year extension a year ago. They used a seventh-round pick on another fullback, Trey Millard, in May.
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