San Mateo, Calif.’s Daily Journal reports that former San Francisco 49er Kwame Harris is due in court for allegedly assaulting his ex-boyfriend.
Harris is said to have beaten Dimitri Geier after Geier poured soy sauce over a plate of rice. The pair left the restaurant, after which point Geier’s suit claims that the former NFL player pulled down his dining companion’s pants and began shaking and punching him.
Harris has been charged with domestic violence and assault.
Deadspin points out that Harris’ sexuality has long been whispered about; the NFL has yet to have an openly gay active player, and, indeed, Harris has not acknowledged his sexuality. It’s a particularly uncomfortable way to be outed — as, given the nature of the incident, there’s no skating around whether or not Geier or Harris might have been “friends.” (It’s rather akin to the allegations against John Travolta last year, in which lawsuits against the star by male masseuses, later dismissed, forced the public to at least consider that which the star had always managed to previously dismiss.)