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Yahoo Sports reported that Rey Maualuga has been accused of punching a Cincinnati area bar manager, so Bengals brass have to be shaking their heads. It's not the first time Maualuga has been in trouble in Cincy—he has a DUI to his name also (via the Huffington Post).
This latest accusation reinforces negative depictions of the Bengals, and if true, it is an embarrassing lapse of judgement on Rey's part. After drama with Cedric Benson and Jerome Simpson this year, you would have thought the locker room would be on their best behavior.
Maualuga is often touted as a leader on defense, and while he did have a good year, he failed to be the vocal and consistent leader he wanted to be.
Whether you attribute it to a super-competitive defense or Maualuga's ability, the only certainty is that Maualuga is still yet to explode like many hoped he would.
Playing his first year at MLB, Rey posted more tackles this year then he did in 2010 while playing three fewer games. He also bagged himself a touchdown and racked up three forced fumbles for the year. A high ankle sprain saw him sit out in three games and likely stifled the progress he was making.
But, 2011 was not the breakout year for Rey. Will 2012 change that, or will we see more of the same?
Maualuga is a good football player, but he has yet to step up on the consistent basis required of him. He needs to have a big year in 2012 or the Bengals may start to consider an upgrade.