Dolphins linebacker Koa Misi clocked a man in the head outside a Fort Lauderdale nightclub over the weekend, police say, but Misi was never arrested or charged because the alleged victim refused to press charges.
Misi’s weapons, according to the Fort Lauderdale police incident report: hands, fist, feet and teeth.
The on-duty officer classified the incident as a battery and Misi was briefly detained. However, the cop let Misi go after the other man refused to cooperate with authorities.
A friend of Misi’s who asked not to be named told the Miami Herald that Misi was provoked.
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Misi practiced with the Dolphins Thursday, but news of the fight didn’t break until after players and coach Adam Gase met with reporters.
"We are aware of the reports involving Koa Misi and are continuing to gather information," the Dolphins said in a statement. “We have no further comment at this time.”
Here’s how cops say the fracas, which was first reported by TMZ, went down:
It was about 3:40 a.m. Sunday when Misi and some 10 friends got into a verbal altercation with Scott Cabrera, 34, of Pembroke Pines, outside Cyn Nightclub, located at 111 SW Second Ave.
Cooler heads seemed to prevail, and the parties went their separate ways. Or so the on-scene cop thought.
“Seconds later, Misi and other members of his group charged toward the nightclub entrance where Cabrera was standing in line. I was unable to stop all of them from charging and ran back toward the entrance, to where I witnessed Misi strike Cabrera in the head, causing him to fall to the ground.”
Despite orders to stay put, Misi then tried to run, but the responding officer "executed a leg sweep to bring him to the ground." Misi, aided by his friends, tried to leave again, but the cop was able to keep him at bay until backup arrived.
Misi was ultimately handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car. Cabrera would not give a statement and signed a victim affidavit stating he did not want to press charges.
This is not Misi’s first run-in with law enforcement.
In early 2013, Misi was sentenced to three years probation after pleading down a felony charge for allegedly busting through an apartment door and breaking a man’s eye socket during a 2011 altercation in Isla Vista, California.
Miami Herald sportswriters Jordan McPherson and Barry Jackson contributed to this report.