Junior Seau: NFL Great Drives Off Cliff after Domestic Violence Arrest

Elliott PohnlFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2010

Junior Seau: NFL Great Drives Off Cliff after Domestic Violence Arrest

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    Junior Seau has been hospitalized after his SUV plummeted off a cliff in Southern California Monday morning.

    The incident occurred shortly after the former All-Pro linebacker was released from police custody following his arrest on suspicion of domestic abuse.

    Here's a closer look at Seau and the sketchy details surrounding the crash.

Arrested after Domestic Incident with Girlfriend

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    Seau was arrested early Monday morning after a dispute with a woman described as his live-in girlfriend, TMZ first reported.

    According to the report, Seau was admitted into the Vista Detention Facility around 2 a.m.  He was released less than an hour and a half later.

    Details of the domestic incident remain vague, but it is known police responded to Seau's home after receiving a call from a woman at Seau's home around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

Charged with Felony Domestic Assualt

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    According to Channel 10 News in San Diego, Oceanside Police have charged Seau following the incident with his live-in girlfriend.

    Seau was charged with felony spousal assault with injury and officially booked into police custody around midnight.

More Details Surrounding the Arrest

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    According to the North County Times, a 25 year-old woman who is described as being Seau's girlfriend called police and to make a domestic abuse accusation.

    Seau was reportedly not at home when the 911 call was made, but Police contacted him and persuaded him to return.

    He was taken into custody as he approached the residence.

Details Surrounding Monday's Crash

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    According to multiple reports, Seau drove his vehicle off a cliff sometime around 9 a.m., Monday.

    Carlsbad Police received a call that a white Cadillac Escalade had driven off a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean at 8:42 a.m.

    According to CBS 8 in San Diego, the SUV was traveling at speeds around 70 miles per hour.  The driver apparently made no attempt to stop before driving off the road and plummeting around 30 feet down a steep embankment.

    Police have not commented on the crash at this hour.

Seau Hospitalized after the Crash

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    According to multiple reports, the driver of the SUV was taken to Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, California.

    Seau was reportedly not seriously injured in the crash, and Paramedics managed to pull him from his vehicle without incident.

    There is no word on Seau's condition at this time.

Seau's Glorious Career with the Chargers

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    Seau was known as one of the fiercest linebackers in the NFL during his decorated career with three teams.

    The Chargers selected him with the fifth-overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft after he played his college ball at USC.

    Seau went on to become the anchor of the Chargers defense over the next 12 seasons, showing impressive durability while racking up tackles.

    In 2003, he left San Diego and moved to Miami.

Injuries Begin Adding Up

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    Seau flourished in his first season with the Dolphins, totaling 133 tackles in 15 games in 2004.

    He suffered a torn pectoral muscle in 2005 and appeared in just eight games, then played in just seven games in 2005 before being released.

The First Retirement

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    Seau signed a one-day contract with the Chargers in 2006 and officially announced his retirement.

    He said during an emotional press conference that he was ready to move on to the next phase of his life, but he couldn't stay away for long...

The Return to Football

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    Seau returned to the NFL just four days after he announced his retirement, signing with the Patriots.

    Over the next three seasons, the aging linebacker would play a key role on the Pats veteran defense while constantly battling injuries.

    He played in seven games in 2009, his final season in the NFL.

The Final Retirement and Life after Football

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    Seau finally retired for good in early 2010, finishing his career as a six-time All-Pro selection.

    Since retiring, he has hosted Sports Jobs With Junior Seau and largely remained out of the public eye.

    It should be interesting to learn more details about his arrest and the mysterious car crash in the coming days.