Michael Denard, 27, of San Leandro and Jarkari Hollis, 24, of Oakland were arrested at 12:41 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Fox's Bar, 171 W. Tennyson Road, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, police Lt. Christine Orrey said Tuesday.
The two men will be arraigned at 9 a.m. today in the Hayward Hall of Justice.
Police were responding to the bar on an unrelated incident when they found Denard and Hollis "kicking and stomping" a
Hayward man face down on the ground in the parking lot, Orrey said.
Orrey said police believed the victim was "one kick away from being killed or paralyzed," noting Denard is 5-feet-11-inches and weighs 271 pounds, and Hollis is 6-feet-7-inches and 280 pounds.
The 6-foot, 250-pound victim, whose name was withheld, was treated for moderate injuries at a local hospital and released, Orrey said.
"There's no way they were going to be able to claim self-defense the way they were beating that guy," Orrey said.
Denard and Hollis are being held on $85,000 and $80,000 bail, respectively, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Web site.
Orrey said there is no known motive in the incident. She said the victim told authorities he was talking to a woman in the parking lot when the fight broke out. She added that the victim has a drug-related criminal history.
Denard's arrest is the most recent chapter in what started as a promising athletic career but has by all indications become a troubled life.
He was put on probation after pleading no contest to cocaine possession charges in September 2004. He also was convicted of driving under the influence in April 2004.
Denard went to Oklahoma State after a distinguished athletic career at Oakland Tech, where he was an All-City and All-East Bay selection in football, and an All-American in baseball. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 31st round of the 1998 amateur draft, but he decided to pursue football.
At OSU, he was a fullback with NFL aspirations, but was never drafted. He completed an undergraduate degree in sociology in 2003, and has been a junior-varsity football coach at Fremont High of Oakland ever since, according to his brother, Fremont High head coach Eugene Denard.
Eugene Denard said his brother has been a positive influence on his players, noting that he knows of few accomplished Division I athletes who return to coach in inner-city programs.
"All I know is my brother has a lot to offer, and he's been damn good for these kids, he's helped these kids," Eugene Denard said Tuesday. "It's very rare to get guys that graduated from college and give back to kids in their community."
Eugene Denard said he was not aware of his brother's most recent legal troubles.
"He's a good person, but he's been around some people who are not such good people," he said.
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