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Utah DT booted from team after allegedly attacking his wife

Kyle Whittingham AP

Time and time again, we joke that the offseason is for getting into trouble. Unfortunately, the allegations surrounding now-former Utah defensive tackle Koliniasi Mona Leota are nothing to laugh at.

Via the Deseret News, Leota has been kicked off the team for allegedly attacking his wife in front of their two-year-old child. Leota, who was already on suspension, faces three felony charges and four misdemeanors. Those charges are as follows:

Felonies: aggravated kidnapping (first-degree), aggravated assault (third-degree), and commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child (third-degree); Class B misdemeanors: threat of violence, and commission of domestic violence in the presence of a child (three counts).

Below is a description of what happened from the paper via the incident’s report. Keep in mind, this is just one account of what happened, but it’s quite disturbing:

… Leota became angry and punched his wife in the head and face, then told her to go into the bathroom to clean up the blood, charges filed in 3rd District Court state.

While she was in the bathroom, the 6-foot 4-inch, 278-pound man hit her in the head with a curling iron, then wrapped the iron’s cords around his hands and tried to strangle her, the charging documents state. He then allegedly ripped a towel bar from the wall, hit her in the head with it and tried to stab her in the throat with the broken end.

She told police that each time she tried to run out the door, Leota would grab her by the hair and drag her back inside. Prosecutors say the couple’s 2-year-old child was present during the assault.

Someone arrived with their two older children, ages 3 and 4, during the ordeal and the mother ran outside and got into the car with them, locking the door. A police officer reported seeing Leota standing outside the car threatening to smash the windows and saying, “I’m going to kill you. I’m going to fly to Hawaii and kill your family.”

Leota is being held on $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

“We will do everything we can to help Niasi and his family get through this situation, but obviously we do not tolerate this kind of behavior,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham (pictured) said in a statement.

Leota appeared in 10 games last season and recorded six tackles.

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15 Responses to “Utah DT booted from team after allegedly attacking his wife”
  1. canetic says: Feb 24, 2013 3:38 PM

    He thought she was a burglar

  2. imaduffer says: Feb 24, 2013 3:52 PM

    Do you have to have a permit for a curling iron?

  3. pdcooper08 says: Feb 24, 2013 4:16 PM

    It sounds like a man that has witnessed this type of activity somewhere before in his life. How does one get to this point?

    Looks like a little anger management class will be ordered while you sityour ass in the can for the next ten plus years. Good job Buddy, your a real man

  4. Deb says: Feb 24, 2013 4:36 PM

    Please, please, please, lady. No matter how sorry he says he is, do not go back to this man or take your children back into this situation. I hope they lock him up long enough for her to build a new life and never let him near those kids again.

  5. dawglb says: Feb 24, 2013 6:09 PM

    This man needs to be in jail and receive some serious counseling. She, on the other hand needs to take the children and relocate (unfortunately for her). Very, very sad for this woman and her kids.

  6. irish1958 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:04 PM

    Roid rage?

  7. tttrojan4life says: Feb 24, 2013 7:13 PM

    He’ll be back on the field for spring practice after some “counseling” and Utah’s decision to “keep it in house” and to “move on”.

  8. lasseter1113 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:33 PM

    Sounds like attempted murder to me. You stab somebody in the throat there is a good chance they are going to die right? I hope they lock him up for a long long time or we are going to be reading about how he got out and finished the job. The sad thing about that is with abuse cases like this she would probably go back to him after he swears he won’t ever do it again, then he will do it again…

  9. John A. says: Feb 24, 2013 7:37 PM

    “This man needs to be in jail and receive some serious counseling.”

    They both need counseling. Obviously he needs a lot of it (plus a ton of time to think about the errors of his ways while in the slammer).

    But she needs it, too. No way that was the first time he laid his hands on her like that, almost certainly not way that was the first time that child has seen him act violently towards the mother.

    She needs to come to understand why staying with him any second longer is not just bad for her, but it is doing a huge disservice for her children. They don’t need to see that violence or dysfunctional behavior.

    I mean…. forget her, she has a moral and parental obligation to protect her children from him and seeing his behavior. She has to come around to understanding at least that.

  10. cubano76 says: Feb 24, 2013 8:33 PM

    I hope he goes to jail for a very long time.

  11. whodeytn says: Feb 24, 2013 9:29 PM

    Sounds like a winner

  12. pdcooper08 says: Feb 25, 2013 12:16 AM

    Going to jail is not enough punishment for this A-Hole. He needs a Long term state prison sentence. I agree with the point made about attempt murder. The guy pulled the towel rack off and began to stab his wife. No more needs to be said.

  13. dmvtransplant says: Feb 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    @ tttrojan4life

    This is Utah and not USC where violence toward woman is not tolerated. If he were Mark Sanchez I’m sure this wouldn’t even be a story.

  14. tttrojan4life says: Feb 25, 2013 7:50 PM


    Comparing totally unfounded claims with this story is uncouth and tacky.

  15. fahmundamahbalsaq says: Feb 26, 2013 4:54 AM

    Next time she’ll hurry up with that sandwich.

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