UH football player charged after domestic argument – Honolulu Star-Advertiser
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University of Hawaii defensive tackle Ka‘aumoana Gifford was charged Wednesday with resisting arrest and two counts of harassment after he allegedly interfered when police tried to arrest fellow football player Kennedy Tulimasealii following a domestic argument at a McCully apartment last week.
Tulimasealii, 21, was arrested on of two counts of domestic abuse and one count each of harassment and resisting arrest.
However, the prosecutor’s office has until April 26 to charge Tulimasealii on the misdemeanor domestic abuse charge. Misdemeanor offenses are punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and a $2,000 fine, and are typically handled by a District Court judge, but the defendant could demand a Circuit Court jury trial.
Harassment and resisting arrest charges are still pending against Tulimasealii. The prosecutor’s office is reviewing those charges and has until May 10 to charge him or drop the case.
Gifford, 20, will be arraigned in District Court on May 10 with resisting arrest and two counts of harassment.
Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor offense. Harassment is classified as a petty misdemeanor — the least serious type of criminal offense in Hawaii, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Both Rainbow Warriors football players are free after posting bail.
Tulimasealii and Gifford, both from Waianae, are suspended for the remainder of the University of Hawaii football team’s spring training following their arrests.
Both players will remain on scholarship and may continue to attend classes and participate in study hall, but are indefinitely restricted from team-related activities.
A 20-year-old woman told police that she was scratched during a fight with Tulimasealii April 12. She was treated by paramedics at the scene.
Police used pepper spray on Tulimasealii when he allegedly resisted arrest. He was treated at Straub Clinic and Hospital for exposure to pepper spray.