Miami Dolphins 25-year-old strong-side linebacker Koa Misi has pleaded no contest to felony battery and paid $42,000 to the Santa Barbara County man, Casey Scott Fisher, who was punched in the face by Misi last year in April.
According to the AP report via WTXL Tallahassee (link above), the victim made “nasty comments” to Misi and his friends from an apartment balcony in Isla Vista; a college town near UC Santa Barbara.
Misi, who was 24 at the time, allegedly broke down the door of the man’s apartment, who was 19 years old at the time of the incident. The Dolphins linebacker then punched Fisher and caused “serious bodily injury”.
The former Utah Ute paid Fisher for his medical expenses and agreed to 400 hours of community service, and the judge is reportedly going to reduce the count to a misdemeanor during the sentencing in February. This incident happened during the lockout, so Misi will most likely not receive any disciplinary action from the NFL.
So far this season in a 4-3 front, the SLB has recorded 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks (all in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals terrible offensive line) and has been a revelation against the run. Misi has transitioned very well from being a 3-4 OLB to playing the SAM in the 4-3, even if he hasn’t gotten his coverage assignments down. In this case, the high tackle numbers are not misleading and tell the tale of a player who has been making a big impact against the run for one of the better front sevens in the league.
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