I guess the good news here is that Chris Culliver was presumably sober when he pulled off the dumbest stunt of his 49ers career. And considering this is the guy who was lambasted nationally for homophobic comments made to Artie Lange less than a week before the Super Bowl, that’s saying something.
KTVU reported that Culliver struck a bicyclist with his vehicle in San Jose. He fled the scene, and when an eyewitness attempted to block Culliver’s vehicle, the 49ers cornerback threatened that person with a set of brass knuckles. Then, Culliver allegedly struck that person’s vehicle as well.
We’re not talking about a genius here. We already knew this. His comments to Lange were incredibly stupid, regardless of context. Throw “timing” into the mix, and Culliver has the whole team looking at him like, “Really? We’re trying to win a Super Bowl here.”
But those were just words. Culliver is now in custody, and with the way he compounded his mistakes this morning, one has to wonder what he could possibly do to avoid significant prison time if he’s found guilty.
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.
He was arrested for felony hit and run for striking the bicyclist, reckless driving causing an injury, felony possession of brass knuckles and misdemeanor hit and run for the striking the vehicle.
The bicyclist was treated and released with minor injuries.
Culliver was booked into Santa Clara County jail.
The 49ers released a statement saying they were aware of the incident.
“The 49ers organization is aware of the recent matter involving Chris Culliver,” the statement released to KTVU. “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.”
The gravity of the charges Culliver now faces makes it sound silly to turn this into a football issue, but that’s what we do around these parts.
The 49ers were really counting on this guy. Culliver was supposed to start alongside Tramaine Brock next season, which was already an iffy proposition given the fact that Culliver is coming off a torn ACL. I was pretty certain the 49ers would choose a cornerback with their first pick in the draft even before today’s events. Now I’m 99.9% positive they’re going with a cornerback. Brock is the only corner on the roster who can be trusted. Also — and this shows an unsettling pattern among the cornerbacks group — Brock and Darryl Morris also the only ones in the top six on the depth chart who haven’t dealt with some sort of legal issue during their NFL careers.
- Culliver: All the crazy stuff he did today
- Eric Wright: Arrested for misdemeanor DUI in Los Angeles on July 12, 2013
- Perrish Cox: Charged with sexual assault in 2010 (acquitted)
- Chris Cook: Charged with felony domestic assault in 2011 (acquitted)