The San Francisco 49ers released Bruce Miller on Monday after he reportedly assaulted a 29-year-old man and the man’s 70-year-old father, this after drunkenly barging into the 70-year-old man’s Marriott hotel on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Those who know Miller insist that this incident was completely out of character for the former seventh-round pick.
“What (Aldon Smith and Ray McDonald) did shocked me. Bruce Miller is the same way,” SFGate.com 49ers writer Kevin Lynch said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “It’s so stunning to me. He’s the most affable, good guy. He’s one of the very few athletes I’ve ever seen who will come up to you and say, ‘Hey, how you doing?’ No one ever does that as an athlete. They’re all too narcissistic. But he always did that. He was constantly doing that. You know what I got to think? I got to think with some of these guys – with at least one of them – it’s CTE. It’s just got to be. Because it just makes no sense for any of those three.”
Scott Ferrall believes that’s a distinct possibility. He thinks Miller, 29, was either high on drugs or has CTE.
“I think it’s got to be one or the other,” Lynch said. “I don’t see him as a drug guy at all. I think it could be CTE. I really do. I think that a lot of these guys, particularly if you look at their backgrounds and you look at what they did in college – Aldon had his things in college. Ray McDonald, no. Bruce Miller, no. This is classic CTE. You get into this episode where you’re really violent and you don’t know what you’re doing and you can’t get out of it. So I don’t know. I got to think it’s that. Of course, nobody really knows anyone, right? Everybody has demons and some people are really good at hiding them and maybe that’s the case with Bruce, but man, it was shocking.”
Miller has 76 catches for 734 yards and three touchdowns in his career. He’s also rushed 28 times for 62 yards and a score.
Since 2011, when Trent Baalke was named general manager, the 49ers are fourth in the league with 15 player arrests. That is more player arrests than they had in the 10 years prior.