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San Francisco 49ers’ Chris Culliver arrested, faces felony charges

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver was arrested on Friday after his vehicle allegedly struck a bicyclist. According to a report from KTVU, the San Jose police received a call Friday morning reporting a bicyclist who was struck by a car, which fled the scene.

“An eyewitness saw the accident and followed Culliver’s vehicle until he cornered him in the area of Mekler Court. He attempted to block Culliver’s vehicle from leaving. Authorities said Culliver got out of his car, threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles and then got back into his vehicle and fled. In the process, he struck the eyewitness’ car. San Jose police arrived on the scene and took Culliver into custody without incident. A search of the vehicle uncovered the brass knuckles, authorities said.” 

Culliver was arrested on charges of felony hit and run for striking a bicyclist, reckless driving causing an injury, felony possession of brass knuckles and misdemeanor hit and run for the striking the vehicle. He was booked at Santa Clara County jail. 

Originally a 2011 third-round pick out of South Carolina, Culliver has one year left on his four-year contract worth approximately $2.6 million. He missed all of last season with a torn ACL. 

ESPN’s 49ers reporter Bill Williamson said Thursday:

“The 49ers were thinking about signing him to a long-term extension. He’s entering the last year of his contract. After this event, I think you would have to believe that it’s on hold at least.” 

Culliver caught media attention last year by making anti-gay comments one week before Super Bowl XLVII. Culliver said he wouldn’t welcome a gay player in the locker room and if the 49ers had any homosexual players, those players should leave. He apologized days later on his remarks. 

Regardless on what happens on Culliver’s situation, the 49ers will be looking to add cornerbacks. The organization will be picking 30th in the first round and several mock draft experts have projected they will choose a cornerback. 

The 49ers organization are aware of the incident and stated they will remain in contact with Chris and local authorities as they continue to gather the facts regarding the situation. He is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on April 11, according to county jail records. Culliver will be subject to the NFL’s personal conduct policy and could face a suspension. 

Photo by Ezra Shaw, Getty Images Sport. 

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Laramee Bishop

Laramee Bishop is a San Diego journalist. She was previously at U-T San Diego and U-T TV as a multimedia sports producer. Her other line of work includes writing within the action sports industry of Quiksilver and TransWorld Media.