SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (CBSMiami) –Miami Dolphins Outside Linebacker Koa Misi pleaded not guilty in a Santa Barbara, California courtroom to battery charges stemming from an alleged fight last year.
According to the Santa Barbara Independent, Misi pleaded not guilty on Friday to battery with serious injury, residential burglary, and dissuading a witness. All are felonies.
Misi was arrested on an outstanding warrant at his home in Weston by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies on March 30, 2012. He then travelled to California to answer to the charges.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, Misi is accused of breaking into an apartment in Isla Vista, California by punching through the wooden front door. Once inside, the sheriff’s office said, Misi punched a 19-year-old man inside the apartment, hitting him in the eye.
Misi, who is 6’3”, 251 pounds, has played two seasons with the Dolphins after being drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Misi played in 28 games over the past two seasons and started 20 of them. For his career, he has 55 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 3 passes defensed.
Depending on the defense the Dolphins run this year, Misi was slated to either play a standup outside linebacker position or with his hand on the ground as a defensive end.