A former NFL player faces felony domestic violence charges for assaulting his ex-boyfriend last August, according to published reports.
Kwame Harris, who played offensive tackle with the San Francisco 49ers from 2003 to 2007, has been charged with “felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury.”
Prosecutors in San Mateo County, Calif., say the violence erupted from an argument with ex-boyfriend Dimitri Geier over soy sauce at a Chinese restaurant in Menlo Park.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that Harris and Geier were sharing dinner at Su Hong restaurant en route to San Francisco International Airport. Harris became angry when Geier poured soy sauce over rice.
An ensuing argument came to blows. Harris broke bones around Geier’s eye socket. A metal plate had to be installed in Geier’s face to repair the physical damage.
Harris, who claims he is not guilty, faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.
Harris, has never come out, but both the prosecutor and Harris’ attorney said the men were romantically involved and print accounts referred to the two as ex-boyfriends.
Harris is free on $75,000 bail. A trial is scheduled in February.