Monday May 4th, 2015

San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with misdemeanor vandalism stemming from a March arrest, according to CSN Bay Area.

Miller was arrested on suspicion of spousal battery on March 5 after being accused of pushing his girlfriend to the ground and breaking her cell phone.

He will not face a spousal battery charge after his girlfriend did not have visible injuries and later denied that there was any physical contact between her and Miller to police, according to CSN. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Monday and faces up to a year in jail if convicted of the misdemeanor vandalism charge.

"Even relatively minor domestic violence incidents can be the first steps on a path that ends in tragedy," said Jim Demertzis, who supervises the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Family Violence Unit. "That’s why we take all domestic violence cases seriously."

According to CSN, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke recently said that Miller has not attended any of San Francisco's voluntary off-season workouts and will remain apart from the team until his legal process is concluded. 

Miller, 27, signed a three-year, $5.4 million extension with San Francisco last off-season.

- Molly Geary


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