Kwame Harris, a former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman has been charged with beating his ex-boyfriend — effectively outing the former NFL player.
“Harris, 30, is due in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday afternoon for a hearing on the case and could face up to nine years in prison if convicted,” the San Jose Mercury News reports:
He’s charged with felony domestic violence and assault causing great bodily injury. He’s pleaded not guilty and is out of jail on $75,000 bail, prosecutors said.
The former lineman’s defense attorney said prosecutors have targeted the wrong person. “This is a case of self-defense,” said attorney Alin Cintean.
The trouble started August 21 when Harris and ex-boyfriend Dimitri Geier were sharing dinner at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park. Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport for a flight following the meal. But the men began to argue after Geier poured soy sauce on some rice, which upset Harris, according to a civil lawsuit Geier filed in San Mateo County.
The arguing continued and escalated, until finally Harris revoked his offer to drop Geier off at the airport. Geier agreed to take a cab instead, but as they went to retrieve has bags from Harris’ car the dispute turned violent. Harris allegedly tried to pull down Geier’s pants and accused the ex of stealing his underwear, according to the suit.
At some point the struggle came to blows.
Harris played for the San Francisco 49ers (2003–2007), the Oakland Raiders (2008), and the Florida Tuskers (2010 offseason/practice squad.)
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