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March 28, 2014
Report: 49ers' Chris Culliver arrested after hit-and-run incident

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Chris Culliver, whom the 49ers have been eying for one of their starting cornerback spots this season, was arrested Friday for felony hit-and-run and weapon charges, according to a report by KTVU.

The report said Culliver, 25, was arrested after his vehicle struck a bicyclist in San Jose this morning. A witness followed Culliver and blocked him with his own car, at which point Culliver allegedly threatened him with brass knuckles. Culliver fled again, this time striking the witness' car. The bicyclist suffered minor injuries in the incident.

When San Jose Police arrived, they found brass knuckles in Culliver's vehicle.

The 49ers issued a statement: "The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver. We will remain in contact with Chris and the local authorities as we continue to gather the facts regarding this situation. As this is an ongoing legal matter, we will reserve further comment at this time."

Culliver drew unwanted attention to the 49ers last year when he said, during Super Bowl media day, he didn't want gays in the team's locker room. At the time, team owner Jed York said he was upset by Culliver's comments and that he "hopes and prays that it affects him in a positive way going forward."

The third-year player has worked to repair his image since then, reaching out to the LGBT community and recently didicating himself to improving the treatment of animals.

He tore his ACL early in training camp in July and spent the last eight months rehabilitating. He is expected to make a full recovery. With starting cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown no longer on the team, Culliver had been expected to fill one of those roles along with Tramaine Brock.

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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