For Bengals and Rey Maualuga, It's The Same Story—Just Different Player

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IJanuary 31, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20:  Linebacker Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals on the field against the San Diego Chargers on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 27-24.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Cincinnati Bengals seemed to be turning a new leaf as the laughing stock of the NFL who never seemed to be able to keep their players out of trouble. After the recent arrest of Rey Maualuga for reckless driving while under the influence, the team's reputation has taken a step back for keeping their players out of trouble.

It's unfair to label the Bengals as a team who can never seem to stay out of trouble with the law when it's only the inappropriate actions of certain individuals. At one point in 2007, 10 members of the team had been arrested in just a 14-month span.

With all of the arrests that have taken place since 2006, there is only one question these certain individuals should be asking themselves

Why does this keep happening?

Most people would kill to live the type of lives professional players. The NFL is made up of some players who make millions of dollars each season for playing a game they love, which allows them to live a life most of us can only dream of.

Maualuga, Leon Hall, and Chris Henry are some of the most recent names of Bengals who have run into trouble with the law. Hall—was stopped for the same DUI charge Maualuga just received.

If you're a NFL player who makes millions of dollars each season, how hard is it to call a cab or a ride home after a night of fun with friends? If you know you're going to have a few drinks after a night out on the town, be responsible and plan ahead of time.

Otherwise, you're going to end up embarrassing yourself—just like Maualuga did. Not only did he give himself a bad reputation, but the entire Bengals organization, which is unfair for the handful of players who do promote good behavior.

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