Bruce Miller spoke to the media Friday afternoon for the first time this offseason. Here’s a transcript.
Q: How are you approaching the rest of your offseason?
MILLER: Onward and upward. Moving forward. It’s great to be back here with the guys and feel a part of the team, just get back to doing what I know how to do, and that’s play football. I want to apologize to everyone that this had a negative effect on. And we’re moving forward. Onward and upward.
Q: What has been the most difficult part of this offseason for you?
MILLER: Everything. It has been a difficult one. Not being able to be here with the guys was tough. I wanted to be here. I have a great support system, and they were a huge part of that. Getting back here was huge.
Q: Where did you work out this offseason?
MILLER: I was in Atlanta for a long time. The training facility I was at when I came out, I was there for a long time. And then here for a few weeks. I have a buddy I was training with.
Q: What is the name of the training facility?
MILLER: Competitive edge.
Q: Your case was resolved Tuesday. Were you able to be here Tuesday?
MILLER: I was here Wednesday. Got my first practice in yesterday.
Q: When you came back did you have to have a sit down with Trent Baalke and Jim Tomsula?
MILLER: I sat down with them. I’ve spoken with them quite a few times. I completely understand the expectations of me. I have those same expectations. We’re on the same page.
Q: What did you learn from what happened?
MILLER: I learned a lot about myself, maybe different ways to deal with situations. Definitely learned a lot about me.
Q: People that know you know what kind of person you are. When the issue was reported, people who don’t know you lumped you into the same category as others. Was that tough for you and your family?
MILLER: That was very tough. That was another thing I had to learn. People are going to think what they want to think. People who know me, I didn’t have to explain myself one time.
Q: This was handled as a domestic violence issue. Did you ever touch her?
MILLER: Didn’t happen. No.
Q: You have some counseling to do. When will you do it?
MILLER: I’m not exactly sure of all the details yet. We’re still ironing those out. I’ve completely committed to taking the steps necessary to be here and part of this football team.
Q: What’s it like coming back to this team and Anthony Davis is gone, Justin Smith is gone, Patrick Willis is gone and Chris Borland is gone?
MILLER: A lot of new faces, that’s for sure. From what I can see, very talented group of guys. Excited to be here and be a part of it.
Q: What’s the learning curve for you like right now, considering yesterday was your first practice? New system…
MILLER: Just re-teaching myself terminology. Trying not to compare or correlate it to things we did last year. Just relearning, re-teaching myself all the key terms we’ve gone over the past few weeks.
Q: The prosecutor said this course will help you deal with underlying anger issues. Is that an issue you need to address? Obviously you know what he said.
MILLER: 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.