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Ex-49er, Raider Kwame Harris charged with beating former boyfriend, attorneys say

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Former 49ers and Raiders offensive lineman Kwame Harris faces felony domestic violence charges in the beating of an ex-boyfriend in the parking lot of a Menlo Park restaurant after an argument sparked by soy sauce, attorneys said Monday.

Wearing a dark suit and crisp white shirt, Harris was in San Mateo County Superior Court on Monday to meet with prosecutors, but has rejected a plea bargain. He's pleaded not guilty to one count each of domestic violence and assault causing great bodily injury and could face up to nine years in prison if convicted.

The trouble started Aug. 21 when Harris -- a former first round NFL draft pick who played college football at Stanford -- and ex-boyfriend Dimitri Geier of Los Angeles were sharing dinner at Su Hong restaurant in Menlo Park, according to attorneys and a prosecutor. Harris was to drive Geier to San Francisco International Airport for a flight following the meal. But the men began to argue after Geier poured soy sauce on some rice, which upset Harris, according to a lawsuit Geier filed in San Mateo County in October.

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