INDIANAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 02: Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks back to the sidelines during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 2 2010 in Indianapolis Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Late last night, we passed along word that Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga was being investigated for a possible assault incident at the Luxe bar and nightclub in Cincinnati. The manager of the bar claimed that Maualuga punched him in the face in the early hours of Sunday morning.
According to the Associated Press, the police have concluded their investigation on the situation and are charging Maualuga with misdemeanor assault.
Police cited the 25-year-old Maualuga with the misdemeanor count on Friday after investigating allegations by a bar employee that Maualuga punched him in the face early Sunday morning. Maualuga's arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 17. No attorney was listed for him.
Maualuga also has a previous DUI arrest on his record and this situation could put him in really hot water with the league. It's possible that he could be facing a suspension.
This is not good news for the club. Though they've attempted to change their image from the NFL's bad boys, this incident and the one hanging over Jerome Simpson have the team seemingly back where they were in the mid-2000s. We'll be sure to update you more on this story as it develops.