SANTA CLARA -– Fullback Bruce Miller returned to the 49ers’ practice field Thursday and Friday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace stemming from an argument in March with his former fiancée.
“I want to apologize to everyone that has had a negative effect on, and we’re moving forward. Moving onward and upward,” Miller said Friday in his first public comments since the incident.
Miller was originally arrested on suspicion of spousal battery. The charge was reduced to vandalism for allegedly destroying her cell phone. There was no evidence that Miller had any physical contact with the woman. And Miller denied he touched her.
“Didn’t happen -- no,” Miller said.
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When asked what he learned from the experience, Miller said, “I learned a lot about myself and maybe different ways to deal with situations. But (I) definitely learned a lot about me.”
As part of the plea agreement, Miller must enter into a 16-week domestic violence counseling course. Prosecutor Tyrone Wilson said, “We are satisfied that Mr. Miller is taking steps to address his underlying anger issues.”
When asked about Wilson’s comment, Miller said, “I’m aware of what he said. I’m aware of what he said. I’ll deal with what I have to do to be a part of this football team.”
Miller said he had a great support system from family and friends, and he spoke regularly with general manager Trent Baalke, coach Jim Tomsula and others with the 49ers while he remained away from the team’s offseason program.
He said it was difficult to be lumped this offseason into a group of other NFL players who have been in the news for all the wrong reasons.
“That was very tough,” Miller said. “That was another thing I had to learn. People are going to think what they want to think. The people who know me, I didn’t have to explain myself one time. That was positive.”
Miller said he was excited to return to the organization after spending the first part of the offseason program training in Atlanta.
“I’ve completely committed to taking the steps necessary to be here and be a part of this football team,” he said. “Whatever they asking me to do is what I’m going to do.”