WESTON, Florida (AP) - Former Utah star and current Miami Dolphins linebacker Nawa Koa Misi was released from Broward County's main jail Friday night, his lawyer said. The athlete was arrested that morning by the Broward Sheriff's fugitive squad.
The arrest fulfilled a warrant issued out of Santa Barbara County in California for a charge of battery with serious bodily injury, Broward Sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said.
Misi, 25, was arrested at a home on the 2800 block of Kinsington Circle in Weston.
On April 15, 2011, Misi gained entrance to an apartment in Isla Vista, California by punching a hole through its wooden front door, according to an investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.
A 19-year-old man who had been sleeping inside the apartment was punched in the eye by Misi, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office said in a press release.
The late night incident began when people on the apartment balcony got into a shouting argument with people walking in the street below, authorities said.
Misi, a 2nd round draft pick out of Utah in 2010, was cooperative with deputies who interviewed him at the scene after 2:35 a.m. and agreed to pay for damage to the apartment, the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office said. The victim did not ask to file charges until the day after the assault, the release states.
Misi's bond was listed as $10,000 on the Broward County Sheriff's website.
In response to news of Misi's arrest, Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene said early Friday, "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 characterized the incident as an "unfortunate situation" that arose when "Koa, and a group of friends, including some women, were walking through a neighborhood and this gentleman started taunting them."
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, a second-round draft pick (40th overall) by the Dolphins has played 28 games in two seasons with 20 starts, and has 75 tackles, 5.5 sacks and three pass deflections.
Misi's 2011 season was cut short after he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in December. 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.