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49ers CB Chris Culliver pleads not guilty to hit-and-run charge

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Chris Culliver is expected to be back in court on May 14. (USATSI)
Chris Culliver is expected to be back in court on May 14. (USATSI)

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Aldon Smith isn't the only 49ers player dealing with legal woes, cornerback Chris Culliver is too. Culliver was in a California courtroom on April 11 where he pleaded not guilty to charges of misdemeanor hit-and-run and felony possession of brass knuckles.

The charges stem from a March 28 incident in San Jose, Calif., where Culliver allegedly hit a bicyclist with his vehicle. Culliver then allegedly attempted to flee the scene, but he ended up getting cornered in by someone in a car who witnessed Culliver hitting the bicyclist. Culliver then allegedly threatened the eyewitness with brass knuckles before driving off.

The 49ers cornerback won't have to appear in court again until May 14 when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to move the case to trial, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The bicyclist who was hit was treated and released with minor injuries after the incident.

Culliver hasn't played for the 49ers since Super Bowl XLVII. The 25-year-old made headlines before the Super Bowl when he made anti-gay comments in the week leading up to the game. Culliver later apologized for his remarks, "I'm sorry if I offended anyone. They were very ugly comments. Hopefully I learn and grow from this experience and this situation."

After never missing a game in his first two seasons with the team, Culliver missed the entire 2013 season after tearing his ACL during training camp.

Besides Culliver's case, the 49ers are also going to have to deal with the fallout from Smith's arrest on Sunday. The linebacker was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport and charged for making a false report of a bomb threat.

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