49ers’ Chris Culliver in the news again for wrong reasons

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Chris Culliver’s once-improving image has taken another hit.

The 49ers cornerback, who made national headlines for his anti-gay sentiments prior to Super Bowl XLVII, was arrested Friday in San Jose, Calif., after he drove into a bicyclist, fled the scene and rammed a witness’ car. Culliver was boxed in until officers arrived.

Police say Culliver was in possession of brass knuckles, according to a story posted on the San Jose Mercury News’ web site. He was booked into Santa Clara County jail and faces charges of felony hit and run, felony reckless driving, with injury, felony possession of brass knuckles, misdemeanor hit and run and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license, police said.

The cyclist suffered minor injuries.

Culliver was released Friday evening after he posted $36,000 bail.

49ers general manager Trent Baalke released a statement, saying: “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 has taken steps to repair his image after last year’s Super Bowl, starting with apologizing for his comments. According to the Mercury News story, he reached out to LGBT groups and this month received a “champion of compassion” award from a San Francisco animal welfare group. Culliver is an advocate against dog fighting and promotes animal health care.

He is set to host a fundraiser April 5.


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