Kwame Harris, a hulking former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman, became a pioneer of a sort on Monday. The 6-foot-7, 300-plus pound Stanford alum was convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence and battery by a Redwood City jury after he beat his far smaller onetime significant other in an August 2012 encounter.
The troubles started for Harris, 31, and ex-boyfriend Dimitri Geier on Aug. 21, 2012 when the two shared dinner before Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco Airport. The two were supposedly no longer romantically connected but still kept up as friends. That would soon change, thanks to a soy sauce-related faux pas. Per the San Mateo Daily Journal:
...The conflict heated up when Harris and Dimitri Geier met at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park in August:
Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport but instead became upset when he poured soy sauce on a plate of rice, according to the suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court.The men argued for approximately seven minutes and Harris said he would no longer take Geier to the airport, the suit states.
As the men left to remove Geier's belongings from Harris' car so that he could instead take a cab, Harris tried pulling the other man's pants down and accused him of stealing his underwear, according to the suit.