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January 28, 2013
Report: Former 49ers tackle Harris faces assault charges

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Former 49ers offensive tackle Kwame Harris is reportedly facing charges of assault and domestic violence stemming from a dispute at a restaurant last August. According to the San Mateo Daily Journal, Harris, who played for the 49ers from 2003-07, is due in court today "on charges he assaulted his former boyfriend at a Menlo Park restaurant during an argument over soy sauce and underwear."

Harris, 30, reportedly has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The Daily Journal reported that the alleged victim, Dimitri Geier, is also suing Harris for assault, battery, false imprisonment, negligence and infliction of emotional distress.

According to the report, Geier claims Harris "became upset when he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice" and later "tried pulling (Geier's) pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear, according to the suit." The two reportedly exchanged punches that left Geier requiring medical attention. An attorney for Harris told the Daily Journal that Geier threw the first punches and that Harris' actions were a "pure self-defense case." Harris has also filed a legal response denying the claims of Geier's lawsuit, according to the report.

The full report can be found here. Harris played in 72 games over five seasons for the 49ers from 2003-07, and played one season for the Oakland Raiders in 2008.

-- Matt Kawahara



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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