Originally written on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 11/18/14

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 20: Rey Maualuga #58 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on with eyeblack bearing the #15 of Chris Henry during the NFL game against the San Diego Chargers on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (mow-uh-LOO'-guy) has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge. The three-year veteran's attorney filed a written plea Friday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. An employee at a downtown Cincinnati bar told police that Maualuga punched him in the face on Feb. 5. Maualuga and the Bengals have not commented on the charge, which could bring a fine or suspension from the NFL. It's Maualuga's second court case in two years. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving after police in northern Kentucky said he hit a parking meter and two parked cars in January 2010. The league suspended him for two games for violating its conduct policy. As a repeat offender, he could be suspended by the NFL for part of next season.
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