San Francisco 49ers projected starting cornerback Chris Culliver was charged Wednesday with one felony account and two misdemeanors.
The felony charge was for possession of metal knuckles, which Culliver brandished and used to threaten a witness when the witness apprehended him for striking a bicyclist with his car. Culliver then used the knuckles to damage the witnesses car when leaving the scene. This charge could carry up to three years in prison, though as Culliver does not have a criminal history, it is unlikely that he will serve criminal time, per Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee and the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.
Culliver was also charged with misdemeanor hit and run as well as misdemeanor hit and run with injury. They both carry a maximum sentence of one year. (I have no idea why they are separate if the maximum sentences are the same.)
Culliver, who spent last season on injured reserve, was and still is projected to be a major player in the 49ers’ secondary this season. Despite a few ill-advised comments and actions, he hopefully will be able to return to the field sooner rather than later and see if his promise can turn into anything better than getting burned in the secondary and showing off. He did improve quite a bit throughout the course of the 2012 season before having a rough Super Bowl.
More importantly, however, is how the 25-year-old will adjust off the field and develop as a human being.