Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris, 30, faces felony domestic violence charges for allegedly beating an ex-boyfriend (Dimitri Geier) in the parking lot of a restaurant in Menlo Park, California after an argument sparked by soy sauce and stolen underwear on August 21, 2012. The fact that he's gay is not that shocking, but beating someone over soy sauce? Girl.
Harris and his alleged victim had been in a romantic relationship but were no longer involved when they met at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti. Harris’ attorney Alin Cintean confirms the pair were previously involved but were just friends at that point. Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport but instead became upset when he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice, according to the suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court. The men argued for approximately seven minutes and Harris said he would no longer take Geier to the airport, the suit states. As the men left to remove Geier’s belongings from Harris’ car so that he could instead take a cab, Harris tried pulling the other man’s pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear, according to the suit. Geier unsuccessfully tried pushing Harris away but the bigger man shook him violently and punched him in the arms, the suit states. Police reports list Harris as 6 feet 7 inches and 240 pounds while Geier is 6 feet 1 inch and 220, Guidotti said. Geier allegedly hit Harris three times in the face but Harris “seemed only to grow more agitated” and punched him in the face several times until he fell, the suit states. Harris allegedly threw Geier’s property from the car and left while Geier hailed a cab and was taken to an emergency room in San Jose. Geier had surgery to repair broken orbital bones and required a metal plate to repair the damage. Harris was arrested at his home. Geier threw the first punch after the verbal fight escalated but Harris was charged because the other man ended up injured, Cintean said. “This really is a pure self-defense case. He was attacked,” Cintean said.Kwame pleaded not guilty and is out of jail on $75,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison. Dimitri has slapped Kwame with a civil suit seeking unspecified damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
source: San Mateo Daily