San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver had been released from jail early Friday evening following his arrest earlier in the day for felony hit-and-run and weapons possession, authorities said.
According to the San Jose police, they received a call at around 10:21 a.m. reporting that a bicyclist had been struck by a car that fled the scene at Tully near Senter Road in San Jose.
An eyewitness saw the accident and followed Culliver’s vehicle until he cornered him in the area of Mekler Court. He attempted to block Culliver’s vehicle from leaving.
Authorities said Culliver got out of his car, threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles and then got back into his vehicle and fled. In the process, he struck the eyewitness’ car.
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 in lieu of $36,000, according to Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kurtis Stenderup.
He made bail and walked out of the main entrance to the Santa Clara County Jail at about 5:15 p.m. Culliver was met by a women who was clearly upset with the media attention. He was then picked up in front of the jail by a white minivan.
Culliver did not speak to reporters.
He is scheduled to appear in Santa Clara County Superior Court in San Jose on April 11, according to county jail records.
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.”
Two years ago,Culliver made news during Super Bowl week when he responded to questions from comedian Artie Lange by saying he wouldn't welcome a gay player in the locker room.
He also said the 49ers didn't have any homosexual players and, if they did, those players should leave.
Culliver apologized and underwent sensitivity counseling in an effort to rehabilitate his image.