Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman Kwame Harris began his trial for felony domestic violence and assault charges on Monday in San Mateo County.
Harris is accused of assaulting a former boyfriend in a restaurant parking lot in August 2012 and faces up to nine years in prison, according to NBC Bay Area and the Associated Press.
Harris spent 5 years with the 49ers and one year across the bay with the Oakland Raiders after being drafted in the first round in 2003 by San Francisco.
The former lineman came out as gay following the arrest.
“I love football. Football provided me with some experiences and some opportunities that I wouldn’t trade for anything else, but at the same time, the cost was great in asking me to not speak candidly or be able to be open about myself in this complete manner,” Harris said to NFL.com back in March.
Formal charges for Harris include “felony counts of domestic violence causing great bodily injury and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury” according to NFL.com.
Here is allegedly what happened:
The argument started over (Dimitri) Geier pouring soy sauce on rice. At some point, Harris is accused of trying to pull Geir’s pants down after accusing Geir of stealing Harris’ underwear, according to the suit. Harris allegedly went on to assault Geir, who needed surgery “to repair broken orbital bones.”