Cincinnati Bengals: Rey Maualuga Reportedly Involved in Bar Fight

Eric BallFeatured ColumnistFebruary 9, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - OCTOBER 02:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals during the game at Paul Brown Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Now the offseason can officially begin…a Cincinnati Bengal is in trouble.

Ethan Goldsmith of FOX 19 in Cincinnati is reporting that Bengals starting linebacker Rey Maualuga punched the manager of a bar in downtown Cincinnati after a dispute this past weekend:

The manager of a downtown bar says Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was involved in a bar fight over the weekend where he injured the manager.

According to the manager, Maualuga was at Luxe, a bar located at the corner of 6th St. and Main St. in downtown Cincinnati, where he allegedly punched the manager, causing him to be injured.

Maualuga’s agent declined to comment when reached by the station. 

UPDATE: Friday, February 10th, 5:20 p.m. ET

The AP Top 25 reports via this tweet that Maualuga has indeed been charged with assault. The report from the Associated Press states Maualuga was charged with a misdemeanor count and no lawyer was as of yet listed. An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 17.

Cincinnati Police are still investigating the incident, and the 25-year-old has yet to be charged with anything.

If charged, this wouldn’t be the first run-in with the law for the Bengals' 2009 second-round pick. In January of 2010, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Northern Kentucky (per Cincinnati Enquirer).

PASADENA, CA - DECEMBER 6:  Rey Maualuga #58 of the USC Trojans reflects after celebrating with the band and fans following the victory against the UCLA Bruins on December 6, 2008 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  USC won 28-7.  (Photo by Jeff Go
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In 2006, his coach at USC, Pete Carroll, disciplined him after acting out at a fraternity party, which came a year after getting charged with misdemeanor battery (which was later dismissed) for getting into a fight at a Halloween party.

In 2008, Maualuga talked with USA Today about learning from the mistakes he's made:

You learn that you're only given a certain number of chances. If you keep going back to the same things you were doing, it shows that you don't learn from anything. You're not a person that people can count on. It's all about respect, and you can lose that respect. People won't look up to you.

Maualuga was coming off his first year as a starter at middle linebacker, collecting 88 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception in 13 games played. He was one of the anchors of a defense that helped propel the Bengals to a surprise postseason appearance, where they lost to the Houston Texans 31-10 in the AFC Wild Card Round.