Dolphins’ Koa Misi pleads no contest to felony battery, avoids jail

AP

Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi, who was accused of breaking into a man’s apartment in Isla Vista, California, and beating him up, has pleaded no contest to felony battery with serious bodily injury.

The Associated Press reports that Misi broke down an apartment door and attacked a 19-year-old man whom Misi claimed had yelled an insult at him from the apartment’s balcony. The Santa Barbara Independent reports that the victim suffered a fractured orbital socket.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop two other felony charges, burglary and dissuading a witness.

Misi will avoid jail time and be sentenced to probation, anger management classes and 400 hours of community service. The judge is expected to reduce Misi’s conviction to a misdemeanor. Misi has already paid the victim $42,000 in restitution and has agreed to pay him additional money for medical bills.

Misi has started all six games for the Dolphins this season. There is no word yet on whether he will be suspended for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

43 responses to “Dolphins’ Koa Misi pleads no contest to felony battery, avoids jail

  1. He should be suspended. That’s some low class stuff right there. I don’t care what the lawyers can bargain for. The fact is he did what he did and should be suspended. It’s a shame as he has finally figured out how to make an impact on the field. I don’t know how many games he will get (1st offense I think) but he deserves between 1 and 4, IMHO.

  2. Go beat down some kids door and hulk smash his face in because he called you a name? Seems reasonable…

  3. The victim, a visitor from Switzerland, had no idea that the phrase “Yodeladee, yodelay, yodeloohoo!”, meant having inappropriate carnal relations with members of your family in a Tongan dialect.

  4. OH…as long as it was a SERIOUS offense like an INSULT, I don’t see what all the hullabaloo is! Don’t MOST people kick someone’s door in and break an eye socket when another person INSULTS them? How could this NUT avoid jail time after doing something so out-of-order?! Come on Mr. Comish, thump him. This sort of behavior is at least as serious as a bounty!

  5. Nah dont worry about it bro. You wont be fined or suspended by the nfl. You only get fined or suspended if you tackle someone on the field.

  6. ….Just so you guys know, in California law, there’s a specific exemption for assault being committed in response to being “antagonized.”

    What that means is that in the eyes of the law, there’s a huge difference between randomly punching a guy in the face versus punching a guy after he yells insults at you.

    Obviously, what he did isn’t right, but some people here think he got a “celebrity deal,” when in fact, the victim was yelling obscenities from his window and challenged Misi to fight, which the court took into consideration when deciding punishment.

  7. Put another way – what Misi did was wrong, but Misi’s punishment would have been MUCH harsher if the “victim” hadn’t instigated the fight and challenged Misi to a fight – a fight he clearly lost.

    Since Misi is 6 foot 2, 250 lbs, and doesn’t exactly look like a wimp, I’m guessing there was alcohol involved on the victim’s part.

  8. Selfish by Koa. I wonder if alcohol was involved. The main reason for this wonder is he’s typically a smart guy, but that incident shows a complete absence of logic. The Miami dolphins have a strong defensive unit and he has a huge role that is still growing. With that being said, Miami does not have any depth at linebacker that can comfort my concerns. You get paid big bucks and are priveledged with a starting spot on this team, you have to be smarter than that. Little things can’t get to you. Now not only does he risk hurting his team on the field, but has misrepresented and embareased the dolphins organization and hopefully himself. He has been em very cooperative and silent and that’s good it does show remorse, hopefully he and the rest of the team can stay free from such mishaps and distractions. The dolphins have momentum and are looking sharp. P.s. better be careful the draft is full of linebackers

  9. I thought unnecessary roughness was a 15 yard penalty? What’s all this talk about probation, anger management classes and 400 hours of community service?

  10. So, this guy can stay, but Johnson has to go? Got it.

    Dolphins suck.

    *******************************************

    Johnson can’t play. You don’t see any other teams going out of their way to sign him, do you?

    The Jets would rather play Antonio Cromartie at WR before giving Johnson a shot.

  11. Let’s see just how those two Holier-Than-Thou idiots Ireland & Philbin handle this incident. They frowned on the players using bad words (with the cameras on) during Hard Knocks. This seems a bit worse.

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 19, 2012 9:35 PM

    The victim, a visitor from Switzerland, had no idea that the phrase “Yodeladee, yodelay, yodeloohoo!”, meant having inappropriate carnal relations with members of your family in a Tongan dialect.

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    The Great Gabbert:

    It is so unfortunate that your thoughts and talent are wasted here.

    You have a gift.

  13. Koa, dude, think about it for your own sake. Who cares about the victim, just think about yourself. Try the same thing to a person that believes in the 2nd and you will be suspended from life, jerk.

  14. In retrospect, how lucky is this clown? Smashing through the door in my house would not lead to a fistfight. It would lead to gunfire. He’s darn lucky he is not dead.

  15. Wouldn’t this be considered home invasion? How do you not do any jail time.

    I agree with FinFan68. Dude is lucky he didn’t get double ought bucked.

  16. I like how we’re all judging a man’s character on a mistake he made 18 months ago and has already gone about righting.

    FinFan68….very noble that you’d go provoking a 250-pound NFL linebacker, then pull a gun when he comes to collect.

  17. Misi should get a lengthy suspension…. this is exactly the stuff the NFL should come down on like a ton of bricks

  18. upthegut34 says:
    Oct 20, 2012 10:03 AM
    I like how we’re all judging a man’s character on a mistake he made 18 months ago and has already gone about righting.

    FinFan68….very noble that you’d go provoking a 250-pound NFL linebacker, then pull a gun when he comes to collect.
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    Please go find a clue. I never said I would provoke him in the first place. Breaking down someone’s door is threatening and would lead many people to rightfully protect themselves. All I was saying was he is lucky he wasn’t shot. I’m sure that his family would have been consoled by the fact that he got called a name and had to try to beat somebody up and got killed. (That was sarcasm) Hopefully I explained that point well enough for you to comprehend it this time. It is a good thing that Misi has made amends. I applaud him for it but that does not change the level of stupidity necessary to do what he did. He is a good player and I hope he continues to play well for the Dolphins but the league does need to punish him for what he did.

  19. When these guts came out in that draft class i remember hearing that they were all high character guys, team captains nearly everyone in misi’s class and it was a big reason they drafted them over someone else who perhaps had more talent, and I’m not saying he has no character out isn’t a leader but dude breaking a kids door down, really?

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