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Rey Maualuga Assault Case Headed Towards Mediation

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  Professional football player Rey Maualuga attends ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03: Professional football player Rey Maualuga attends ESPN The Magazine's "NEXT" Event on February 3, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for ESPN)
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Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga recently entered a plea of not guilty to misdemeanor assault on February 17, after the manager at a downtown bar named Luxe claimed that Maualuga punched the manager causing injury on the morning of February 5. Depending on where the case was expected to go, Maualuga could face a multiple-game suspension, based on the fact that this isn't his first violation against the league's personal conduct policy.

We're one step closer to a resolution.

According to Kimball Perry with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Maualuga, who returned to court on Thursday, won't be convicted and that the case is headed towards mediation, which ultimately means that Maualuga will be forced to pay for the bar owner's medical bills along with other "monetary considerations", but avoids jail time in the process. Hamilton County judge Heather Russell said the two sides have until April 26 to come to an agreement.

Maualuga, selected in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, is entering his final year under contract.