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Around the NFL: Cincinnati Bengals linebacker charged with assault


In his second brush with the law, Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was charged with assault because of an altercation at a bar.

Maualuga was cited for this misdemeanor charge after an employee claimed that he had been struck in the face by the Bengals linebacker.  Arraignment on the charge is set for February 17.

This is not Maualuga’s first brush with the law.  He was arrested on January 29, 2010 for drunken driving and careless driving.  Maualuga plead guilty several days later to drunken driving.

He received a seven day suspended sentence, two years probation, 90 day suspension of his driver’s license, and a $350 fine.  The NFL fined him two game checks and part of his signing bonus.

Maualuga was a second round NFL Draft selection out of Southern California for the Bengals in 2009.  Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer called him a “football playing S.O.B.” after he was drafted.  “He ain’t afraid,” Zimmer stated.

The Bengals have issued no comment or actions about Maualuga at this time.