Posted: 1:28 pm Friday, March 30th, 2012
By Brian Biggane
Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi was arrested Friday by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office on a felony charge of battery with serious injury that stemmed from an incident last year in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Misi, 25, was arrested without incident at his Weston home and held at the Broward County jail on $10,000 bond.
Details of the incident were not available from authorities in California.
“It’s from an older case,” said his California-based agent, Kenny Zuckerman. “He cooperated with authorities, the whole thing went dead and suddenly now charges are filed. Koa, his attorney and myself had no knowledge that they had been filed, and we don’t understand what’s going on.”
Zuckerman said the altercation occurred last year during the NFL lockout.
Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene issued the following statement: “We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we will refrain from any further comment.”
Misi has been a disappointment since coming to the Dolphins as a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. While he has been a starter at strongside linebacker for most of his brief career, he ranked only 10th on the team with 31 tackles and just one sack last season.
The Dolphins’ plans to alternate between a 4-3 and 3-4 defensive scheme this season has many draft experts predicting they will use their No. 8 pick on an edge pass rusher, which could put Misi in a backup role.
About the Author
Brian Biggane has been a sportswriter for The Palm Beach Post for 31 years. This is his second go-round on the Dolphins beat, having covered Don Shula and Bob Griese for the Sun-Sentinel in the 1970s and, before that, O.J. Simpson and the Buffalo Bills for the Niagara Falls (N.Y.) Gazette.