For the second time in his NFL career, Miami Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi has found himself having a run in with the law. According to the Fort Lauderdale police report obtained by the Miami Herald, Misi was detained by the police at Cyn Nightclub after a bar fight that took place at 3:41 A.M. Sunday morning.
Cyn Nightclub also happens to be the same club that former Dolphins defensive end Derrick Shelby was arrested at after he was accused of touching women without consent.
A source close to Misi told the Palm Beach Post that Misi was assaulted first and acted in retaliation. The linebacker has been at practice throughout the week.
According to the report, Officer John Giga witnessed the altercation take place between Misi's group and another group. They originally separated, but then Misi's group of 10-15 people charged the entrance where the alleged victim - 34-year old Scott Cabrera - was standing in line.
“I was unable to stop all of them from charging and ran back toward the entrance to where I witnessed Misi, 29, strike Cabrera in the head, causing him to fall to the ground." Giga stated in the report. “Immediately, I tried to detain Misi but was caught upon a crowd of people. I was able to force him to the ground.”
Giga proceeded to tell Misi - who was allegedly tensing up - not to run and relax as he felt that would be his next course of action. Instead, Misi allegedly tried to run with the help of some of his group members.
“As I attempted to tackle him, members of his group held him up. I then executed a leg sweep to bring him to the ground and held him in place.”
Giga said he was surrounded by several members of Misi’s group who were trying to pull him free. Then backup arrived on the scene and Misi was handcuffed and placed in the back of a police car.
Cabrera declined to press charges or give his side of the story to police officers. Misi then apologized to the officers and was released.
Police listed “hands, fist, feet and teeth” as weapons or tools used in the crime.
The Miami Dolphins are aware of the reports and released an official team statement regarding the incident: “We are aware of the reports involving Koa Misi and are continuing to gather information. We have no further comment at this time.”
This is not the first time Misi has gotten into trouble with the law, he pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge back in 2012 when he broke into an Isla Vista apartment and fractured the orbital bone of a 19-year old man who was allegedly taunting him from the above balcony.
Misi plead no contest to a felony battery charge in 2012, involving a fight in a California apartment. He was sentenced to three years of misdemeanor probation and was ordered to complete 12 sessions of anger management and 400 hours of community service.
Misi will need to tread lightly from here on out, the NFL is no doubt aware of the situation and could be contemplating taking action as this is Misi's second offense. For now, it's up to head coach Adam Gase to decide what to do with the veteran linebacker, if anything.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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