49ers cornerback Chris Culliver is being sued by the SUV driver for allegedly threatening a 15 year-old with brass knuckles as well as using a racial slur while attempting to flee the scene of an accident.
The SUV driver Marc Santos’ family’s suit accuses Culliver of assault, battery, intentionally inflicting emotional distress and negligently using his car and brass knuckles. It demands damages and punitive damages.
The lawsuit states the following, per CSNBayArea.com.
According to the suit, Culliver was near the Santa Clara County fairgrounds on March 28 when he got into his white Ford Mustang and started doing doughnuts and racing around.
Soon after, he hit a bicyclist near Tully Road and South 7th Street, according to police and to the suit. The cyclist suffered minor injuries.
Culliver tried to flee, the suit claims — striking the Santos family’s SUV in the process, their suit says. Santos and his wife Angelica Cortez were in the car with their three children, a 15-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 2-month-old.
Santos called 911 and then followed Culliver to Mekler Drive and Senter Road, where he blocked Culliver’s car in a cul-de-sac until police arrived, according to the suit.
According to the suit, that prompted Culliver to lunge in his Mustang toward Santos’ family, “holding his hand inside a bag” and pointing it at them “in a manner that suggested he was holding a gun” while shouting “profane and hostile epithets,” including a racial slur.
Culliver also took out brass knuckles, the suit claims, and said he would hurt the Santos family if they didn’t get out of his way. Police have also said Culliver threatened the witnesses with brass knuckles.
The Santos family, its suit says, fell victim to “violent, reckless, oppressive, malicious, depraved, despicable and morally reprehensible crimes” by Culliver, who by “way of self-centered arrogance, fueled the conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.”
The lawsuit takes personal aim at Culliver’s behavior and moralizes about societal values, decrying the “hostile” environment of football where “injury-producing behavior is condoned.”
“We live in a civilized society… governed by rules” that demand the “respect for the inherent dignity of mankind,” the suit says. “Thus, we do not strike a man down and leave him for dead. Nor do we brandish brass knuckles upon 15-year-old children.”