San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism stemming from a March 5 argument with his girlfriend in Santa Clara, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office announced on Monday.
Miller, 27, was arrested on charges of misdemeanor spousal battery after his girlfriend, whose name was withheld, originally told police he pushed her to the ground and smashed her cellphone. In a later interview, however, the girlfriend said there was no physical contact during the incident.
Miller pleaded not guilty to the vandalism charge Monday in San Jose. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail. His next court date is scheduled for May 26.
Jim Demertzis, who supervises the district attorney’s Family Violence Unit, said: “Even relatively minor domestic violence incidents can be the first steps on a path that ends in tragedy. That’s why we take all domestic violence cases seriously.”
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Miller has not taken part in the 49ers’ offseason program and likely will not be back with the team until the issue is resolved. The 49ers said in a statement they are “aware of today’s developments involving Bruce Miller and will continue to monitor these legal proceedings closely.”
Miller’s girlfriend did not sustain any visible injuries in the incident, which occurred in a shopping center parking lot.
A witness, who was sitting at a nearby bagel shop, told police she saw Miller throw a cellphone against a wall. The witness allowed the victim to use her phone to call police.
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