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Former Utah Utes linebacker Nawa Koa Misi arrested for battery

By Linda Trischitta and Izzy Gould

Sun Sentinel (MCT)

Published: Friday, March 30 2012 6:27 p.m. MDT

WESTON, Fla. — Miami Dolphins linebacker Nawa Koa Misi was in Broward County's main jail late Friday afternoon after his arrest by the Broward Sheriff's fugitive squad that morning.

The arrest fulfilled a warrant issued out of Santa Barbara County in California on charges of battery with serious injury, Broward Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said.

Misi, 25, was arrested at a home on the 2800 block of Kinsington Circle in Weston.

There is a $10,000 bond for the charge and Misi is eligible to be released if he pays it, according to a staffer in the extradition unit at the Broward State Attorney's office.

Misi, who wears No. 55, has played for the Dolphins since 2010.

Club spokesman Harvey Greene said, "We are aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering information. As a result, we will refrain from any comment."

Lawyer Adam Braun said late Friday afternoon he was "working through" the bond process for his client, whom he said faces charges related to an incident that happened in June 2011 in Santa Barbara.

That night, Braun said, Misi and a group of friends, men and women, were walking through a neighborhood and had an "unfortunate situation" with someone who lived in the community.

Braun said news reports characterizing the incident as a bar fight were untrue.

Braun said Misi intends to return to California to resolve his case, "Absolutely. I would expect a favorable resolution for Koa."

Misi does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to Florida Department of Law Enforcement online records.

"He's never had any problems with the law," Braun said of Misi's life before this incident. "He's never had any history of being aggressive with people, or run-ins with law enforcement or bars or anything."

Misi was a second-round draft pick (40th overall) by the Miami Dolphins in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played 28 games in two seasons for the Dolphins with 20 starts, and has 75 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three pass deflections in two seasons.

Misi's 2011 season was cut short after he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in December in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He had split time at strong side linebacker with former Dolphins great Jason Taylor.

The Santa Rosa, Calif., native played three seasons at Utah where he started 36 of 38 games.

The NFL's personal conduct policy requires its employees to avoid conduct detrimental to the league. Misi could be subject to an investigation, fines and possible suspension should the league determine any wrong doing.

The NFL could impose discipline in the event an employee commits a criminal offense involving "the use or threat of violence; domestic violence and other formers of partner abuse... "

Any such penalty would be determined by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

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