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OT: Former 49er Kwame Harris Arrested

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Posted: 01/28/2013 1:31 PM

OT: Former 49er Kwame Harris Arrested 


Former San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Kwame Harris will appear in San Mateo County Superior Court today on charges he assaulted his former boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant during an argument over soy sauce and underwear.

Harris, 30, is charged with felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury in the Aug. 21, 2012 incident. He has pleaded not guilty but was held to answer after a preliminary hearing last fall. He is due back in court today for a pretrial conference to either settle the case or confirm a jury trial hearing.

The man, Dimitri Geier, is also suing Harris civilly for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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Last edited 01/28/2013 1:37 PM by pudding

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Posted: 01/28/2013 1:37 PM

OT: Former 49er Kwame Harris Arrested 


This story normally might not garner much of a mention or be worth opening a topic over, but the reason this story is a little different is because of one of the details released that has, thankfully, not been treated immaturely by local writers but is inevitably going to engender a much different (and likely bigoted if not outright hateful) reaction from other parts.

What is that detail? Kwame Harris' arrest was for hitting and injuring his ex-boyfriend in a domestic dispute outside a Menlo Park restaurant.


Harris, 30, is charged with felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury in the Aug. 21, 2012 incident. He has pleaded not guilty but was held to answer after a preliminary hearing last fall. He is due back in court today for a pretrial conference to either settle the case or confirm a jury trial hearing.

The man, Dimitri Geier, is also suing Harris civilly for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.

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.


As noted, reporters like Cam Inman and Matt Barrows have both reported this story and have not made a big deal over the apparent revelation that Kwame Harris is gay or bisexual (an unnecessary editorial note when reporting a news story). However, given the recency of Kwame Harris having played in the NFL (and with several 49ers on the current roster), it's a story that will inevitably bring about the discussion over gays in professional sports.

It's a shame, imo, that this story would have to be brought to light over a criminal investigation that is already eliciting a lot of bad jokes at the expense of Kwame and 'San Francisco' on Twitter and elsewhere. It may not, in fact, really broach the type of intelligent discussion on the topic that is deserved, either. But it could bring the day that an active player in one of the major sports comes out as gay a step closer.

In any case, I wanted to post this topic, because I think it's a worthwhile topic, but I'll also ask that comments remain thoughtful and not denigrating (as these types of topics, unfortunately, can become on some forums).
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Posted: 01/28/2013 2:03 PM

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Agreed 100% Pudding. I wanted to elaborate further, but I am at workbiggrin Harris in a sense to date would represent the closest active/semi active (if reports are accurate)  player that we know of at this point. Not that long ago there was a special on Outside The Lines where they discussed the first active athlete who was a boxer. I think it's sad that athletes are ashamed of their preference. I don't care what my favorite athlete is into after the game. As long as he is not hurting children or the elderly, and nothing to endanger anyone else (DUI's, discharging a weapon etc.) live your life. My family and I just want our favorite teams to win and if you are on one of the teams we support, cool if not cool, who cares?? But unfortunately I think they feel like they will be judged harshlynoidea
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Posted: 01/28/2013 2:18 PM

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Truth is, beyond the revelation of Kwame having had a boyfriend, the story is actually quite humorous, as it really does seem like an Onion story come to life. The argument apparently started over Kwame not being pleased that Dimitri poured soy sauce over his rice, something that I was playfully scolded for when I first visited Japan when I was like 6 years old (it's considered 'low-class' in Japan and China to pour soy sauce over rice. Akin to eating ketchup out of ketchup packets for sustenance). This started a little spat between the two that escalated to the point where Kwame pantsed Dmitiri in the parking lot and accused him of stealing his underwear.

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Posted: 01/28/2013 2:34 PM

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Kwame False Start Harrisbanghead

My two favorite teams are the 49ers and whoever is playing Seattle.
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Posted: 01/28/2013 7:35 PM

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I'd be curious to know how many, if any, of his teammates knew about his sexual orientation.

I really wish it would stop taking situations like this for pro athletes to come out. Sports is one of the few major hurtles to get past for full acceptance
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Posted: 01/29/2013 1:49 PM

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questfor6 wrote: Kwame False Start Harrisbanghead
Well, at least this article explains all his hugging, er, holding penalties!


Suffering and rejoicing 49er fan since '69!
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Posted: 01/29/2013 4:50 PM

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Sexual preference doesnt matter.  I did laugh though when I read the domestic violence was over "soy sauce and underwear."  lol, is there a more stupid combination on earth to fight over?
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