San Francisco 49ers released fullback Bruce Miller after he was arrested Monday for assault, according to KTVU Fox2. This is the second time in two years Miller has been arrested for alleged violent behavior.
The arrest happened after Miller was denied a room at an upscale hotel in San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf Sunday night. Miller returned to the hotel Monday morning, knocked on a guest’s door and attacked the 70-year-old man who answered the door, according to the television station.
Miller is being charged with assault with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, elder abuse and battery, according to KGO ABC7.
The Niners organization said it is aware of the media reports and “gathering the relevant facts of this matter and will continue to monitor the situation.” Monday afternoon, the team released Miller.
The 6-1, 245-pound 29-year-old Miller was drafted in the 7th round in 2011 by the Niners, playing in 77 games and averaging 734 yards on 76 receptions and three touchdowns. He has rushed for one touchdown in 28 career touches.
Here’s what you need to know about Miller:
1. Miller Was Arrested for Punching a 70-Year-Old Hotel Guest, Reports State
KTVU reported Monday that sources with the San Francisco police say Miller was arrested after trying to check into the Fisherman’s Wharf Marriott Hotel Sunday night, but the hotel was full.
Miller returned Monday, the TV station reports, and knocked on a guest’s door. When the person who answered the door told Miller he had the wrong room, Miller punched the guest, KTVU reported.
The guest, a 70-year-old man, was aided by his son, according to the report.
2. The 70-Year-Old Victim Suffered Broken Bones, the Report States
While the victim of Miller’s alleged assault wasn’t named in the KTVU report, the station did say the 70-year-old victim suffered broken bones from the incident.
Miller hit the man in the face, according to the unnamed police source.
KTVU reports that both the 70-year-old man and his son were taken to the hospital.
3. Miller Was Arrested Last Year for Domestic Violence
This isn’t Miller’s first run-in with the law over violent behavior. Miller was arrested last year on domestic abuse charges, and pleaded no contest in June 2015.
The spousal abuse charge stemmed from when Miller pushed his fiancee, Leanne Massey, causing her to fall to the ground, and then destroyed her cell phone.
The court last year required Miller, who had no previous criminal record, to go to counseling.
4. Miller ‘Was Hammered’ Sunday, According to a Source
The KTVU report also cites an unnamed source at “a popular San Francisco restaurant and bar,” where Miller posted a picture to Instagram with some buddies. “Sunday’s [sic] are for the boys,” Miller wrote.
The source, who works at the restaurant, told KTVU “Miller was hammered.”
Miller, nor either of his friends, were shown holding drinks while seated at the bar.
Hours before he was arrested, Miller had been kicked out of a restaurant because of a fight over a sandwich, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
5. This Would Be the 17th Arrest for an NFL Player in 2016, According to a Database
USA Today has been keeping a tab of NFL players arrested dating back to 2000. As of July 25, there were 16 players arrested this year on charges ranging from assault and domestic abuse to DUI and drug charges, the database shows.
Miller would be arrest 17 this year.
Since 2000, 23 arrests have been 49er players — including five by Aldon Smith and one other (2015) by Miller.
Philadelphia’s Nigel Bradham was the last recorded arrest, on July 25, who turned himself in after assaulting a hotel worker, reports state.