Mims Pleads Innocent


San Diego Chargers defensive end Chris Mims pleaded innocent Friday to four misdemeanor charges in an attack on a man outside a fast-food restaurant.

Mims' attorney entered the plea during the arraignment, which Mims did not attend. A readiness conference was scheduled for Dec. 28. Mims can then change his plea or a trial date will be set, said deputy city attorney Joseph Sanchez.

Mims is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, battery, petty theft and urinating in public.

Michael J. McKinney, 23, told police that Mims attacked him early Sept. 27, some 10 hours after the Chargers lost their home opener to Indianapolis.

McKinney said the 300-pound Mims shoved his face into a wall, stole his tacos and struck him twice with a belt. McKinney told police he was attacked after he made a comment about Mims getting out of a limousine and then urinating in the parking lot at a downtown trial date will be set, said deputy city attorney Joseph Sanchez.

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