San Francisco police arrested 49ers tight end Bruce Miller for an alleged assault that sent a 70-year-old man and his son to the hospital, KTVU-TV reported on Monday.
“The San Francisco 49ers organization is aware of the media report regarding Bruce Miller,” the 49ers said in a statement. “We are gathering the relevant facts of this matter and will continue to monitor the situation.”
According to the report, Miller tried to check into the San Francisco’s Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf on Sunday night but was told the hotel had no vacancies.
He returned Monday morning and knocked on one of the guest room doors, KTVU reported, citing sources. When the occupant informed Miller he had the wrong room, Miller allegedly attacked the guest.
The guest’s father came to help his son, and Miller reportedly attacked him, too. KTVU cited sources that say the 70-year-old man was punched in the face and sustained broken bones. According to the report, Miller fled the scene but was eventually apprehended and arrested.
This is Miller’s second run-in with the law in 18 months. Last June, Miller pleaded no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace, stemming from a March 2015 incident in which he was arrested on suspension of spousal abuse. He originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor vandalism for destroying the phone of his then-fiancee.
As part of the plea agreement, Miller was required to enter into a 16-week domestic violence counseling course. Santa Clara County prosecutor Tyrone Wilson said, “We are satisfied that Mr. Miller is taking steps to address his underlying anger issues.”
Miller’s girlfriend at the time did not sustain any visible injuries or report any pain, according to the DA’s office. An independent witness told police she saw Miller throw the phone, according to the DA’s investigation. Miller, in speaking with reporters, denied he touched her.
“Didn’t happen,” he said. “No.”
Miller did not take part in the 49ers’ offseason program in 2015 while his legal status was unresolved.
Upon pleading no contest and being reinstated to all team activities, Miller said, “I’ve completely committed to taking the steps necessary to be here and be a part of this football team. Whatever they asking me to do is what I’m going to do.”
Miller, 29, was included on the 49ers' initial 53-man roster after cuts were made on Saturday. He has played five NFL seasons after the 49ers selected him in the seventh round of the 2011 draft.